Competitors of all ages are gearing up for Stompdown on Sept. 13. This year

Stompdown to light up the Golden skate park this weekend

Golden’s last big sporting event of the summer is coming up on Saturday Sept. 13.

Golden’s last big sporting event of the summer is coming up on Saturday Sept. 13.

For the past eight years, Golden’s Stompdown has been a community mainstay – bringing Golden’s youth out to the town skatepark for an event that is just for them.

Organizer Jesse Oatway is happy to be bringing the event back again this year, even though he no longer skates in the competition.

“I haven’t done it in the last four years. I used to participate, but now I figure it’s for the kids. I’m getting old,” he joked.

The event, which typically brings out between 300 and 400 spectators, will have events for the pump track, mountain bike, BMX, scooter (with events for the younger kids) and skateboards.

“We’re also going to have a 30 and older category this year, so we’ll get some oldtimers out there,” said Oatway.

And, as is tradition, there will be a flat ground game of skate following the regular competitions.

The experience will be complete with the music being taken care of by DJ Wakcutt, a barbecue, and a silent auction in support of a young skateboarder going through a tough time.

“There’s a young boy, Blake Miller, who used to live in Golden three years ago, who has been diagnosed with leukaemia. So we’re going to do a little silent auction for him to raise a bit of money, and do a video for him as well. Skateboarding is his life,” said Oatway.

After eight years of taking the reins on Stompdown, Oatway says it is still all about the kids.

“I think the kids get really stoked to have one day where they can be better than their buddy. When I was a kid that’s all I cared about, we know who’s better but we needed to see who was better under pressure,” he said.

“I don’t think people realize how much use the skatepark gets, and it’s nice to bring some attention to it. The Town puts money into it, and it’s really great to see it get used as much as it is. It’s a really important thing in our town.”

The fun starts at 2 p.m., and will run to about 8 p.m. depending on the number of participants.

Registration starts at noon on the same day. Everyone is welcome to come out and participate, but helmets are mandatory.

And if anyone would like to donate anything to the silent auction, Oatway can be contacted at info@oatwayproductions.com.

 

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