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5 reasons the 5th Barwon South West Competition was awesome

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Thursday, 5 April 2018 - 1:30pm

The 5th Barwon South West Competition, held in March at the Bannockburn Skate Park, was a great success for young people, the community and Council.

Here are a few reasons why this event is one of our favourite youth events on the community calendar.

1. Local young people organise and coordinate this event

The Barwon South West Competition is the result of a small group of Golden Plains Shire youths putting in 10 weeks of hard work. This collaborative young group works with Council’s Youth Engagement team to make sure the event is well-organised and promoted widely. 

Golden Plains Shire Council is delighted to be able to support local young people, and provide them with valuable experience that can assist their futures. In this case, the group members were able to upskill in event preparation and management, marketing/promotions and more.

2. Young people are able to showcase their impressive sporting skills

It is always an awe-inspiring experience to see young people shine in a sport they love, and the Barwon South West Competition provides the perfect platform for this.

The event saw 45 competitors, aged 12-25 years, demonstrate their wow-factor on skate boards, BMX and scooters (in fact, we’re still in awe at the skills on display on the evening!).

3. More than 150 people gathered to support the competition

When a local community event, especially one driven by young people, can attract this many people, you know it’s a wonderful, worthwhile and valuable event.

The crowd was a mix of competitors from Golden Plains and Barwon regions, local residents, friends and family of the starring young people and visitors from outside the Shire, who gathered at Council’s impressive Bannockburn Skate Park to watch or compete in the show.

4. Friends and family are able to see young people showing what they’re made of

This event is obviously a great opportunity for the young organisers and incredible competitors, but let’s not forget about all the proud friends and family who are able to see young people they know and love shining. It is always a great feeling to see people you know excelling or getting out of their comfort zones; it creates a lovely lasting memory for you and your family.

5. The event shines a light on the quality of recreation spaces in Golden Plains Shire

The Bannockburn Skate Park is a wonderful and well-utilised recreation space, part of Council’s suite of skate parks across the Shire. It is fantastic when well-attended events like this shine a light on the quality of Golden Plains’ sporting areas that residents have access to.


Thank you to the YMCA who supported this event, along with Golden Plains Shire Council. 

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Thursday, 5 April 2018 - 1:37pm


Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.