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Ride ‘em high, brothers

Friday, 9th May, 2014

Year Seven student Babette Cruickshank gets a signed poster from BMX rider Shannon Birch. PICTURES: Erica Visser Year Seven student Babette Cruickshank gets a signed poster from BMX rider Shannon Birch. PICTURES: Erica Visser

By Erica Visser

High school students flocked around a popular action sports group yesterday to have everything from their shoes to mobile phones signed.

JC Epidemic is an “extreme sports ministry” that was created a decade ago to engage youths in Christian events.

The group travels the country entertaining teens with action sports such as BMX riding and skating, while educating them on issues like bullying, drugs and alcohol.

A trio of members, MC Dave Irwin and riders Todd Edenborough and Shannon Birch, performed a stunt show at the high schools yesterday ahead of a competition for teenagers to be held today at the skate park.

The group comes from the Gold Coast and is here as part of Evangelistic Association event “Reality 2014”.

Anyone with a bike or scooter is invited to enter the competition, which boasts prizes including a $1000 bike.

“To be honest, I don’t have any expectations about how many kids we’ll get,” MC Dave said yesterday.

“We’ve got heaps of stuff to give away including helmets, shirts, hats and stickers.

“The boys here will be judging the competition before doing their own show after it.”

Free registrations for the competition begin today at 1pm at Sturt Park and the event begins at 2.30pm.

It will be followed by a demonstration and a free barbecue at 5pm, before a youth rally and presentation of $2000 worth of prizes at the Civic Centre.

“The boys couldn’t do all the tricks they wanted to do here today, so (today) is the time to come to see more,” MC Dave said.

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