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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:49am

BOOST is back with a brand new set of events for the year, starting with an epic skate day in Rolleston.

BOOST Skate, for people of all ages on all kinds of wheels, will be held at Rolleston Skatepark on Friday 26 April, 11.30am–2pm.

The day will feature a skate competition run by Cheapskates and bike maker Pedalmania will be there with a huge collection of bizarre and cool recycled bikes. Giant games and other fun will also be run by the council events team and there will be spot prizes on the day.

It is the first of several BOOST events for the year, which will be run by the Selwyn Youth Council each school holidays, Katelyn Twiss, Chair of the Selwyn Youth Council says. "Instead of holding BOOST in one two-week holiday, this year we are trying to spread a range of activities out over the year. By doing that, we hope there will be more interaction with the youth and more opportunities to get different youth from all over the district involved, enjoying themselves and having fun."

A sausage sizzle, fundraising for the victims of the terror attack in Christchurch, will be run by Selwyn Youth Council and there will also be a food truck and coffee available.

"As a youth council, we really wanted an opportunity for the people of Selwyn to be able to contribute and give support to the families of the victims and those affected by the tragedy, even if that contribution is small, and show that the people of Selwyn support love in the face of hate," Katelyn says.

BOOST Skate follows on from the eight popular Summer Skate/Scooter Jam events the Council ran as part of Summer in Selwyn. About 530 people of all ages turned out to enjoy the events at skate parks and schools across the region.

Summer Skate/Scooter Jam organiser Connie Dick said they were excited to see BOOST Skate continuing the fun.

"It was great to see so many young people taking their first ride over the summer and improving their skills, and we’re excited to see another opportunity for young people and families to come back and keep enjoying the parks and staying active."