Medicine Hat Skateboard Association Building Community and Teaching Skills with New Equipment
Next to him is his coach and mentor Mary McNabb who started skating just a year and a half ago after seeing her brother participate in the Medicine Hat Skateboard Association programs. Similar to nine-year-old Avery, it was hard to find women on skateboards in town. But oddly enough, a group of women all signed up for classes at the same time, and they’ve been cheering each other on ever since.
Now that she is in a coaching position, she said the position was very rewarding, especially when she mentors children, some of whom are disadvantaged.
âWe help them, we give boards and all that if a child doesn’t have a good board. Lots of kids see us skating and stuff and then they come to skating school and you can really relate and help them, â
Now, with the help of volunteer Paul Norbo, kids have new and improved equipment to skate on at Bay 3.
âFor skating, you need good fluidity. Now the park is much more open and there is stuff for all skill levels and ages. So that’s really good for our kids in skate school, and for all skills now. ”
Bay 3 opened in early 2020 and was made possible by sponsors from the Medicine Hat Skateboard Associations, Tim Hortons and Eagle’s Nest Ranch.