What better way to spend an afternoon than watching and doing some crazy sporting stunts with your mates? Whether you’re a guy or a girl with a skateboard or a BMX bike, extreme sports comps are always guaranteed crazy fun. Skate park Judging panel Prizes Insurance Venue Obviously you’re going to need access to a skate park for an extreme sports competition. Your local council will have a list of all the local skate parks available to use, but if there aren’t any in your area, check out www.skateboard.com.au for a guide to parks all over Australia. Judging panel If you know any local, experienced skaters or riders in the area who aren’t going to compete, ask them to be on the judging panel. If they’re well known or ubertalented, get them to start the day with some demos. If you’re having a hard time finding some judges (or competitors for that matter), approach your nearest skate shop. They’ll more than likely know some people in the area who would be interested in the comp, and you might even be able to grab a few prize donations from them as well! Prizes Some good ideas for prizes for extreme sports comp winners are trophies, subscriptions to magazines such as 2020 and SLAM, new gear such as decks, trucks, wheels and helmets, and vouchers for sports shops. More inf o: www.sk ateboard .com.au St. John ’s First A www.stj id o call 1300 hn.org.au, or 360 455 Other things to consider: • Food – Rotary, Lions and the Rural Fire Service are always willing to pull out the BBQ if need be, so give them a call if you’re looking for someone to run a sausage sizzle. At the very least, make sure cold drinks are available (especially water). • • • • Security – to patrol the area, keeping an eye out for drug or alcohol use. Entertainment – think about getting a DJ or some demo riders (or both) to make the whole event a bit more entertaining for everyone. You’ll also need a mic or megaphone to make announcements and keep the crowd excited. Don’t forget that sound systems need a power outlet. Promotion and registration – make sure everyone knows about the event! Are you going to allow people to just turn up on the day, sign a waiver (which will have to be signed by parents for under 18s) and compete, or do you want them to pre-register so you’ll have an idea of numbers? Safety equipment – you’re going to need a First Aid station set up in case there’s a stack. You can always ask St John’s to attend your event. Don’t worry, it’s free, but remember to book them at least 6 weeks beforehand. 077 Some talented people ready to show off their moves Insurance Insurance is deadly serious for events like this where people can get seriously hurt. This also makes insurance a lot harder to get – a lot of insurance companies won’t go near extreme sports comps with a 10foot clown-pole because of the high risk of injury. If you can get your insurance through an organisation or business that already has its own insurance (like a council), it can make it both easier and cheaper. Insurance in conjunction with an organisation usually starts around the $250-300 mark, but will change depending on the company. MOVE! SPORTS AND HEALTHY LIVING l need: ’l u o y t a h W Competitors The vital ingredient! Remember to put contact info on all of your promo stuff so people can get in touch with you if they’re interested or have any questions. You’ll also want to include details such as what ages are allowed to compete. Also, think about splitting your comp up into age groups; a 12-year-old and a 20-year-old will have different levels of experience.
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