Competitors take it to the extreme

SKATING, hip hop and parkour were the activities of choice at Castlemaine’s 2 The Xtreme festival over the weekend.

The event, organised by Freeza and XtremeInc Youth Projects, is in its eighth year and aims to celebrate young people.

The best young skaters from central Victoria competed in a skate and BMX competition on Saturday, while a dance competition was held on Sunday.

Former Popstars winner Scott Cain hosted the event and performed an original rap song about skating. 

Festival artistic director Sarah Cook said the event had proven popular with young people and families alike.

“It’s been really good; a really massive day,” she said. 

“The skaters are really happy and we invited scooters to participate this year as well.”

She said the festival acted as a platform for young people to show off their talents.

“It allows kids to enter that don’t necessarily play sport but have other things they like to do. 

“We want to encourage them to show their skills.”

She also made note of the 20 volunteers who attended meetings every week to help organise the day.

“A lot of them are young and they’ve been really fantastic,” she said.

Mr Cain was impressed with Castlemaine on his first visit to the town.

“I’ve been having a skate and they’re a great bunch of kids,” he said.

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