Aussie’s best skaters set to battle for top title at Moomba

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The Australian Skateboarding League National Championships, run by the YMCA, is back for its sixth year at Riverslide Skatepark in Melbourne’s CBD on 6-7 March as part of Moomba Festival. The festival will be the city’s second major event since emerging out of lockdown in late 2020.

For the first time ever, budding skaters have the unique opportunity to compete at the Australian Skateboarding League National Championships without needing to qualify.

In previous years, competitors had to qualify through Skate Park League and National Qualifier events in the year leading up to national championships. However, due to COVID-19 the Y had to cancel all events in 2020.

BMX and scooter riders are also encouraged to register and compete in the BMX competition on 5 March and scooter competition on 8 March.

Competitors will be battling it if out for a combined prize pool of $10,000. It’s expected that top athletes from the Aussie Olympic team will be among those who compete.

YMCA Action Sports Manager Paul McPherson said the event was a chance for locals to support skaters who have been unable to compete for the past year.

“The Y feels incredibly lucky that the Australian Skateboarding League National Championships is going ahead, and that skaters from across the country finally get a chance to showcase their incredible talent and skills after months of lockdowns and event cancellations.”

All skaters, BMX and scooter riders, regardless of their capabilities, are encouraged to register and compete this year. The registration fee is $25 across all divisions.

For more information on how to register, please visit the Australian Skateboarding League website.

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