KADINA Year 9 students have made skateboards in their woodwork class, before a visit from Early Skateboards identity Flavio Beihl and dancer Tommy Franklin. After class, Mr Wigmore (4th from left), and Flavio Beihl (5th) with Kadina Year 9 skaters.
KADINA Year 9 students have made skateboards in their woodwork class, before a visit from Early Skateboards identity Flavio Beihl and dancer Tommy Franklin. After class, Mr Wigmore (4th from left), and Flavio Beihl (5th) with Kadina Year 9 skaters.

Kadina kids go skating with the stars on hand-made boards

KADINA Year 9 students have made skateboards in their woodwork class, before a visit from Early Skateboards identity Flavio Beihl and dancer Tommy Franklin.

Downhill free rider Beihl included demonstrations and skateboarding footage in his safety presentation.

"Dancing" Tommy spoke about his own personal journey of binge drinking and drug use and how freestyle dancing has helped him.

They encouraged students to make appropriate decisions about skateboard and bike safety and, drugs and alcohol.

Student Brock Swift said he learned that riding "skateboards and bikes is fun and doesn't have to be dangerous".

"Flavio's downhill footage was awesome the 15-year-old said.

His friend Cameron Daley said that "their stories provided great incentive to me to take care".

"Early Skateboards donated 15 helmets to us; that was awesome," Cameron said.

Woodwork teacher Luke Wigmore said that the presentations "were extensions to the classes".

"Flavio showed footage of him crashing, hitting his head really hard causing memory loss," Mr Wigmore said, "but his injuries could have been a lot worse."

"He then spoke of the importance of wearing a helmet when skating or cycling.

"Tommy's story was of being bullied at school and time with drugs and alcohol. He also spoke about skateboarding down a hill and having a head-on crash with a car, resulting in multiple injuries."

A skateboarding workshop was held with the students and "Dancing" Tommy held a dance competition in what was described as "a nice way to finish the term".



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