Here at YMCA we like to shine light on Skate Park League competitors who not only show technical style when they ride, but sportsmanship and dedication. SPL Spotlights will features individuals who we think deserve a shout out for their awesome efforts shown through their participation and community engagement.
First up we have a skater who attends numerous SPL’s over the country, packing her positive and good vibes along too. Here’s what Estelle Commando Girl had to say when we asked her a couple questions about her skateboarding journey so far.
- Your name, age and where you are from?
Estelle Commando Girl, age 11 from Victoria.
- When did you start skateboarding?
I started around 2 years ago but had some time out when I fractured my arm and then my knee.
- When did you first start competing at SPL comps?
Just over 2 years ago with a cruiser! I competed at Torquay while on holidays and then started again a few months later with my first true board.
- Why did you start skateboarding?
I was inspired by Pluck a Duck skateboarding down a hill (ad for fast food chicken), and then it went on….
- What do you like about the Skate Park Leagues Program?
It’s lots of fun and it encourages you to keep going. I really like how you get a medal if you come 1st, 2nd or 3rd. I also like travelling to all the different comps with Marlee our Skater dog.
- How have you grown as a skater and individual from competing at Skate Park League Comps?
I set skate goals for myself, try and learn one new trick at each skate park and practice tricks depending on the park. From participating at SPL comps I have become more confident with skating, made lots of new friends, and been given the opportunity to get really cool prizes. I try to get to as many as I can to support SPL. SPL comps have been great learning experiences.
- Favorite Skate Park / spot? Why?
My favorite is Riverslide – everyone there is awesome especially the YMCA team, positive vibes and RAD skaters. Noble Park and Knox are also on my list. Noble for its park and lights, and Knox because of the guys there with their amazing encouragement. Knox was where I learnt to skate and where I won my first comp and (Martyr) deck.
- How do you think local communities and skate parks benefit from the SPL program coming to their towns?
It brings kids together and they come from all over to see that park. It allows kids to see what tricks other kids are doing. Everyone encourages each other and I always learn new things.
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Photo Credit: @liam.mitchell.photographer