Indigenous Songline Skateboarding Team teaches Roebourne kids some new tricks – ABC News

Indigenous Songline Skateboarding Team teaches Roebourne kids some new tricks
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A team of champion Indigenous skateboarders from across the country travelled to Roebourne in Western Australia to share some of their skills with local kids on Saturday.
Songline Skateboarding's Joshua Weribone, a Mandandanji man from Queensland, said the workshops were designed to give the kids a taste of what else they could do with skateboarding.
"[It's] an opportunity to see skateboarding on another level and what they can do here at their local skate parks," he said.
Along with the clinic, the Radicool Roebourne Skate Day showcased talented skaters in action.
"To show the kids also there's other Indigenous skateboarders out there at an elite level," Mr Weribone said.
"And that you can really make something out of it if you put your mind to it, and you really want to pursue it."
Ten-year-old Amareisha Woodley came down to try her hand at the sport for the first time.
"It's really fun. And it's cool," she said.
After the demo, she also had her sights set on learning one particular trick.
"Go in the bowl and jump high like some other people," she said.
Nine-year-old Letahni Koolandjiagween also came down for the first time and said she soon overcame any initial nerves.
"When you keep doing it, it feels good to do it," she said.
"I've been learning how to turn the board; turn the board and going down the mountain things. And I've been learning how to kind of do jumps.
"I love skating and I love the people that are teaching us."
Creating a welcoming atmosphere that is not only about skateboarding is important at the events, Mr Weribone said.
"If the kids feel like they might want to have a go riding a skateboard, that's awesome. But ultimately, it's just a safe place where they can come and hang out and enjoy a good time."
For him personally, skateboarding has been a positive and consistent focus in his life over the past two decades.
"I was able to use skateboarding as a tool to help with my hard times," he said.
"My skateboard was my saviour, I guess you could say, it helped me put that energy into something positive and helped me keep out of trouble.
"Skateboarding is a huge part of my life and I owe a lot to it. Hence, the reason why I do what I do now."
Since forming a year ago, Songline Skateboarding has run workshops and tours primarily in Central and Eastern Australia.
This in the first of what they hope to be many programs in Western Australia.
For now, the event has breathed new life into the town's skate park, Roebourne PCYC's Samantha Walker said.
"We had this skate arena here built a couple of years ago. Not many kids use it. But I'm very happy today to see how many kids have turned up," she said.
"They got their gear on and they're on the boards. They're falling over, but they get up and they're doing it all over again. It's incredible to see."
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