The first qualifying heat of the King of the Hill Skate and Scooter Competition kicked off with gusto last week as keen skateboarders and scooter riders showed up to show off their skills.
Held at the Roleystone Skate Park on September 27, the fun-filled, adrenaline-pumping event was the first of four qualifying rounds ahead of the final which will be held at Belmont Skate Park later this month.
The skate and scooter competition is open to all youth across the south east corridor where participants compete for the title of “King of the Hill” by wowing judges and the audiences with their skills and tricks.
Headspace Armadale community engagement officer Suellen Althaus said these types of events were important to help break down the barriers around the stigma of mental health.
“One in four people experience mental health issues between the ages of 16 and 25 and young men generally aren’t as good at seeking help because of the stigma,” she said.
“A lot of young males are attracted to skateboarding and scooter riding and we had a few people approach us at the Roleystone event and reach out for our services.”
The King of the Hill series is being delivered in collaboration with Headspace Armadale and the cities of Armadale, Gosnells, Belmont and Canning.
The next heat will be held at Belmont Skate Park today, October 4 between 5 and 9pm.
The March competition attracted a total of 42 competitors with more than 200 people coming to watch and show their support.
For more information or to participate, call the City of Armadale.
Photographs — Aaron Van Rongen