Skating in to better life: Competition promotes active lifestyle, community ownership

A new skatepark behind Laphto Mall is getting the sport noticed in Ethiopia. Last week, Malta Guinness got together with Addis Skatepark to host a contest for young skaters called, ‘skate with Malta’.

Fifteen skaters took part in the one day competition at the park in Bisrate Gebriel . The event began with a skateboarding training session followed by  Malta Guinness Dancers and DJs which proceeded the skating competition.

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“This event is a great opportunity to engage with young people and promote healthy living in Ethiopia. This donation empowers the users of the skate park to take care of these grounds,” said Abel Anagaw, Malta Guinness brand manager, handing over a 50,000 birr donation to Addis Skate Park as well as prizes to the winners of the skating competition.

The park was built by Ethiopia Skate in cooperation with “Make Life Skate Life”, a non-profit organization that works with local skateboarding communities around the world to create; community-built concrete skate parks free of charge.

“Our vision is for youth from all backgrounds to come together and access to free skateboard facilities. This community can ensure all members have the means to education and healthy living,” professional skater Natan Eyassu said speaking about the importance of having community spaces such as the Addis Skatepark where young people can go and develop their skills.

Make Life Skate Life and Ethiopia Skate are also seeking to establish an on-site loaner skateboard program, offer classes taught regularly by local youth, and provide free of charge skateboards, safety equipment, and skate shoe rentals.