Cornwall retain street sports crown as Teignbridge and East Devon shine
Cornwall retained their Street Sports title after an epic event at Mount Hawke Skatepark near Truro on Friday.
The home team were in great form on four wheels or two as youngsters from right across the region enjoyed the experience of competing at one of the UK's best skate parks and host of the Team GB Olympic Trials for Tokyo 2020.
Cornwall's Mount Hawke team took gold in both the scooter and skateboard team classes as their fellow Cornish contingent from Junkyard took the BMX team gold.
There were also medals for East Devon and Teignbridge in the team and individual disciplines.
Following three sections of 45 minute freestyle competitions around the park, the crowd were treated to the best tricks competitions which saw the first gold head out of Cornwall as East Devon's Liam Whiteman wowed the crown with the best scooter trick.
The event was covered by BBC Spotlight bringing real prestige to the opening competitions of the 2018 South West Rotary Youth Games.
The Street Sports finals are one of the most spectacular events in the South West Youth Games calendar which concludes with the Summers Finals in Dawlish on 7 July. Around 10,000 young people aged 8-18, both able-bodied and disabled take part in the journey towards the Games each year.
Chris Broadbent, Chief Executive of the South West Youth Games Trust said: “It was an incredible opener for the biggest year in the Games’ 20 year history.
“The Street Sports provide something really relevant and appealing to young people who we might otherwise find harder to engage with using a more traditional sports model.
“Congratulations to Cornwall for taking the overall title, but also to every participant for taking part in the region’s largest community youth sports event.”