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    TEAMWORK: Horsham scooter rider Astin Wade, 5, has been showing the ‘big kids’ his moves at Horsham Skate Park. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Experienced skaters back 5-year old Astin Wade

Horsham youth Astin Wade is gliding, tail-whipping and bunny hopping his way to scooter glory. 

The five-year-old frequents Horsham Skate Park and spends every spare moment practising.  

A crew of teenagers well-versed in the sport has welcomed Astin to the skate park, showing him the ropes to help him develop his skills. 

His mother Kate Wade said she was grateful the fellow skaters were giving Astin guidance. 

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“The kids have been great with him,” she said. 

Young Astin Wade, 5, has been showing the big kids his moves at Horsham Skate Park.
Astin Wade at Horsham Skate Park.

“They share the bowls with him, let him have turns, show him tricks and always say ‘G’day mate’. Astin wakes up dreaming of the skate park – this is his thing.”

Ms Wade said since Astin started he had mastered dropping into the bowl and tricks such as a ‘tail-whip’, where riders jump and spin the deck 360 degrees before landing again.  

Youth across the Wimmera will have an opportunity to test their skills and learn from a professional skateboarder in skate, BMX and scooter competition ‘Wimmera Roll-in’ this Sunday from 1pm. 

Professional skateboarder Renton Millar, who has represented Australia in international skateboarding competitions, will offer guidance for the Wimmera’s up-and-coming skating talent. 

Hindmarsh, Yarriambiack and Horsham councils collaborated to bring the event to the region for 2020 Victorian Youth Week.

Skate clinics will run at Rainbow P-12 College and Jeparit Primary School on Monday, with clinics in Yarriambiack on December 1. 

Participants can register for the event online at

– Dylan De Jong

The entire November 25, 2020 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!

The entire November 25, 2020 edition of AgLife is available online. READ IT HERE!