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Skateboarding for Hope to Stop At SA’s Newest Skate Park

The Skateboarding for Hope outreach programme presented by VANS will become the first official skateboarding contest to be hosted at the newest skate park in South Africa when it stops at the Key West Shopping Centre in Krugersdorp from 10h00 on Saturday, 18 July.

The 341 m² park was completed in 2014 and has been named Skate Slab after the special granite slab used during the construction of the facility. Special murals by graffiti artist Kevin Love add an artistic touch.  Skateboarders from across the country will be able to put the new park to the test during the contests in the Top Grom (13 and younger) and Open (14 and older) division.

With less than three months to go before the Kimberley Diamond Cup skateboarding world championships presented by Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American, take place in the Northern Cape capital of Kimberley, South African skateboarders will be pulling out all the stops in an effort to secure a wild card entry into the SA street championships.  The Kimberley Diamond Cup will once again see hundreds of top professional skateboarders descend on the Northern Cape for the opportunity to skate at the best skate park in the world and to secure the world championship title.  The KDC main event will take place from 7 – 10 October.

As part of the Skateboarding for Hope community outreach initiative, the stop will once again benefit underprivileged children by introducing them to skateboarding.  Children from Child in Crisis at the Bethany House Trust will receive free skateboards en become part of the action when they participate in a skateboarding clinic and watch some of South Africa’s top skateboarders in action.

According to Tim McFerran from World Skateboarding Grand Prix, the Krugersdorp event embodies the essence of the Kimberley Diamond Cup as well as the Skateboarding for Hope tour.  “During the run-up to the world championships, we aim to introduce as many kids throughout the country to the sport of skateboarding.  The increased awareness of skateboarding as a sport has definitely had an impact on the popularity and growth of the local industry.  It is always exciting when we can take the tour to a brand new skate park and to show the local community our support.  This is just another first on the road to Kimberley and I am confident that we’ll see a great turn-out from local skateboarders to experience this new facility,” mentions McFerran.

For more information, visit www.kimberleydiamondcup.com or connect with us on Twitter at KDiamondCup #kdcskate and KimberleyDiamondCup on Facebook.

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