Skateboarding competition held in Gangtok

Skateboarding competition
Fri, Feb 8, 2019

ISABELLA GURUNG

GANGTOK: A skateboarding competition was held for the first time in State today. Titled ‘Rise of Skateboarding in Sikkim’, the event was organised by Gangtok-based skateboarding community Skate Konnect at M.G. Marg, Gangtok.
Anurag Rai from Namchi won the competition followed by Ashish Rai (15) from Namchi and Passang Tshering Sherpa (20) from Gangtok in the second and third position respectively. They were presented with professional skateboard from Goa-based company Piso, which was the main sponsor for the event.
The event was judged by skateboarders from France - Thomas Mudelar, Nicole and Maxim, who also showcased their skateboarding skills.
The competition had the participation of 20 kids from Gangtok and Namchi. The competition included three categories, namely, kids, beginners and intermediate.
The winners expressed joy in being a part of the first skateboarding competition in the state. They also expressed their love for skateboarding.
Skate Konnect founder Tenzing Tsundu Bhutia informed that the community was formed in 2016 with the aim to involve youth in skateboarding and abstain them from social evils of drug abuse and alcoholism. “This is the first skateboarding event organised by Skate Konnect for the public. We want to introduce skateboarding as a sport to encourage the youth and motivate them to take the right path. We want to influence them positively with the message that skateboarding is better than drugs or alcohol. We also want to strengthen our community so that we can soon have our skateboarding park,” he expressed.
“There are many communities world-wide and in India that involve skateboarding enthusiasts and we want Sikkim to be among them. This is just a beginning. We have plans for the future. On June 21 we will celebrate Go Skateboarding Day for the second time in Gangtok,” he added.
Thomas said they were happy to see the skateboarding community grow in Sikkim. “There are some good skaters and all the kids are very interested in skateboarding, he said.
“Sikkim needs a skateboarding park. That way more people will get interested and it will also help them practice and progress,” added Maxim.
“In countries like France, Europe and America, skateboarding is a profession. With hard work and dedication, people here can make it a profession too. We wish them luck,” expressed Nicole.


Area: 7096 Sq Km
Capital:Gangtok
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Climate:
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi