Some photos from the Skate For Hope contest that took place on Monday. All photos taken by Grant McLachlan.
Students in Soweto protested on the 16th of june in 1976 as a reaction to laws that were passed to force Black schools to teach certain subjects in Afrikaans. Up to 700 students were killed during the Soweto uprising and it is now known as Youth Day to honour the lives that were lost. This year the Skate For Hope contest was held at Walter Sisulu Square in Soweto to commemorate Youth Day. Maanda Mulaudzi was there to hype up the kids and help them learn to skate. 5FM and Boogaloos gave out skateboards to the kids that wanted to learn.
The event brought together some of the best skaters from Johannesburg and surrounding areas to stand a chance to win a Wildcard entry for the Kimberly Diamond Cup Championships this October. The skaters that stood out on the day were Kanya Spani, Anthony De Mendonca, Adam Woolf, Sam Vider and Sam Khumalo. The rest of the guys really held it down but at the end of the day Kanya Spani definitely deserved the win by skating the whole park and landing some of the hardest tricks of the day. Adam Woolf really got the crowd hyped with his kickflip from the big quarter into the bank.
In the under 16s contest Jeremy Stone won for the third time out of the four contests he has been to. He is definitely someone to watch out for in the future.
Soweto Skate For Hope results:
1. Jeremy Stone (R800)
2. Brian Stylianou (R500)
3. Tshenolo Khumalo (R300)
17 and Over
1. Kanya Spani (R1800)
2. Anthony de Mendonca (R1000)
3. Sam Vider (R600)