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A walk in the (skate) park

by: Vern Uyetake, Tigard’s Joel Shelley performs a trick during Saturday’s competition at the Lake Oswego Skate Park. Shelley won the 16-18 Open division.

The ramps dried out just in time and, by 11 a.m. the Lake Oswego Skate Park was buzzing with participants for the annual youth skate competition put on by Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation.

The competition has been going on since the park opened eight years ago and this year's event was the biggest in its history.

Thirty-six competitors from all over the Portland metro area were in attendance competing in age categories from eight and under to 16-18.

'We were very pleased, especially with the number of kids who competed from outside of Lake Oswego,' said Jean Ostrander, recreation specialist for Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation.

And, in the four years that Ostrander has been with the city, she says that the competition level has steadily risen.

For many of the younger skaters, it marked the first competition they had ever been a part of.

Many of them attended the park's skating camps over the summer which culminated with this event.

And many of the instructors of those camps were on hand for the event and acted as judges.

But, even though it is a competition, having fun is stressed above anything else.

'It's not a high-profile event and we had a lot of families come out to watch,' Ostrander said.

The competition is always a popular event at the membership-based skate park. Since it opened in 2000, it has been a resounding success.

'We have a lot of good programming. Our camps are always full,' Ostrander said.

Results

The following are awards won by Lake Oswego residents at Saturday's competition.

8 + Under Open: Robby Mottern: 3rd.

9-12 Amateur: Gramme Vissers: 1st; Sammy Olson: 2nd; Henrik Harrskog: 3rd.

9-12 Pro: Jack Daraee: 1st; Keondre Menefee: 2nd.

13-15 Amateur: Oscar Harrskog: 3rd.

13-15 Pro: Kelly Blum: 1st.

16-18 Open: Nick Newbold: 2nd; Spencer Williams: 3rd.

18 +Under (Inline): Cameron Dean: 1st; Trent Johnson: 2nd.