‘Street skate’ along Portsmouth Drive

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Riders on Dunedin’s Portsmouth Drive cycleway will be joined by local roller skaters, as they celebrate Kiwi Skate Day on Sunday.

Roller sport clubs and groups around New Zealand are hosting events for Kiwi Skate Day, which aims to raise the profile of the fun, family sport.

In Dunedin, roller sports is co-ordinated by Southern Skating, which hosts regular family skating sessions on Sunday afternoons at the Caledonian Gymnasium.

Southern Skating is a member of the New Zealand Federation of Roller Sports.

Southern Skating group member Jennifer Evans said skating was good exercise for the whole body, and also improved balance and stamina.

“I am often teaching people to skate on Sundays, and it’s fantastic to see people go from wobbly beginners to great skaters, getting a real buzz out of movement, agility and speed, all on wheels,” Ms Evans said.

This Sunday, for Kiwi Skate Day, local skaters will don protective helmets and knee pads and head out for a “street skate” along Portsmouth Drive to the stadium and back.

Skaters are invited to meet at the Caledonian Gymnasium at 2.30pm and will be ferried by vehicle to the Portsmouth Drive cycleway.

Southern Skating will also host a free fun family roller disco at the Caledonian Gym from 4.30pm to 6pm on Sunday, which will be an ideal chance for families to give skating a go.

There will be competitions, prizes, an obstacle course, and a roller disco.

For more information, find Southern Skating on Facebook.