Youth Week 2018: Tomaree Youth Community Action offer free bus to transport youth from all over Port Stephens to skate and scooter competition

Tomaree Youth Community Action is going bigger and better for its Youth Week skate and scooter competition this year, even putting on a bus to transport competitors to and from Nelson Bay.

A bus will collect youth, free of charge, wishing to take part in the competition at Fly Point skate park on Sunday from locations in Raymond Terrace, Medowie, Tanilba Bay and Anna Bay.

“Port Stephens is rather geographically isolated for youth services,” TYCA member and one of teh event organisers, Simone Winchester, said.

“We wanted to include kids from all over Port Stephens and thought putting on a bus would be good incentive to draw them from areas outside of the Bay, especially if they couldn’t get into the Bay otherwise.”

TYCA is a not-for-profit volunteer group with the goal of empowering youth to fulfil their potential.

The Bay-based group held its first Youth Week skate and scoot competition in 2017.

It drew more than 100 competitors from a wide spanning age group, starting from 10 years old.

Seeing how popular it was, TYCA aimed to make the event event bigger this year and has gained the support of Port Stephens businesses to be able to offer thousands of dollars worth of competition prizes.

TYCA will launch its new mascot, Ollie, at the skate and scoot competition on Sunday, April 15.

TYCA will launch its new mascot, Ollie, at the skate and scoot competition on Sunday, April 15.

“We had a massive response last year, which was encouraging,” Ms Winchester said.

“We’ll have a lot of people in town for the school holidays, and this will be a really good attraction for not just the kids but their families as well.

“We’re expecting another big turn out. Last year we received so many testimonials from youth saying it was great to have something like this in the Bay.”

TYCA will launch its new mascot, Ollie, at the competition on Sunday, April 15 morning. The event will be opened by Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer at 10am. 

Nelson Bay Junior Rugby League will be running football competitions alongside the main event, Salamander Bay Rotary will be running a barbecue, there will be yoga and drumming.

“It will have a bit of a festival vibe,” Ms Winchester said.

In addition to the prizes on offer, competitors will have access to photos form the day with Tomaree Peninsula Photography Club members donating their services.

Entry into the skate and scooter competition costs $2. To enter, and to read the terms and conditions of the competition, click here.

TYCA will post the bus schedule for Sunday’s competition to its Facebook page.

The bus will leave Raymond Terrace at 8am, then collect competitors from Medowie, Tanilba Bay and Anna Bay before arriving in Nelson Bay for the competition start at 9.30am.

The skate and scooter competition is one of a number that is being held in Port Stephens this week for NSW Youth Week, running April 13-22.

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Port Stephens Youth Week events

Picnic on the Lawn 

When: Friday, April 13 

Time: 3.30pm to 6pm

Where: Raymond Terrace Library front lawn

What: Chill out with a DJ, giant games, trivia and more

The Drop launch

When: Friday, April 13

Time: 3.30pm to 6pm

Where: The Drop, Tilligerry (previously the Girl Guides Hall)

What: The official launch of The Drop drop in centre for young people. 

Tomaree Youth Community Action (TYCA) Skate and Skoota Comp 

When: Sunday, April 15

Time: 9am to 3pm

Where: Fly Point Skate Park, Nelson Bay

What: The TYCA Skate and Skoota comp returns for a second year and will be offering another amazing day of activities and action. Register for the comp on the TYCA Facebook page.

Art and Music Workshops with Up and Up 

When: Sunday, April 22

Time: 11am to 2pm

Where: Medowie Skate Park

What: A day of art and music hosted by the dynamic social enterprise Up and Up.