Youth on both sides of the provincial border attend biking event
The second Extreme Sackville was a huge success with more than 200 participants.
© Jason Adams - For Cumberlandnewsnow.com
The second Extreme Sackville was a huge success with more than 200 participants. Among those taking part was Amherst's Jake Adams, shown in this photo montage going over one of the jumps.
SACKVILLE, N.B. – With more than 200 people coming out for last week’s second annual Extreme Sackville event, organizers are calling the street party at the community’s bike and skateboard parks a “huge success.”
“It was so rewarding to see the impact of last year's event carry on,” said Amelie Jarvis-Lavoie, community program officer for the Sackville RCMP.
Jarvis-Lavoie said the event, which was designed to promote and celebrate the BMX park and the skate parks on Dufferin Street, attracted more than 200 people, the majority of whom were youths ranging in ages from three to 15.
"We had things for all ages. Kids and teens were all over the place . . . on the bike park, the skate park, the bike rodeo and the bouncy castle,” she said.
Hosted by the local RCMP, in partnership with the town of Sackville, the aim of this annual event is to promote and encourage pro-social and physical activities for youth, as well as to strengthen community relationships in and around town.
“Youth could be seen throughout the day going to ‘high five’ some of our officers, even calling them by their first names! Friendly relationships formed last year really do last,” said Jarvis-Lavoie.
She said the event is also helping to promote the sports of skateboarding and cycling and has encouraged even more use of the parks since last year’s inaugural event.
"As for our goal of promoting the sport and physical activity in general, I'd say we nailed it! Or as (BMX bike) pro Matt Macduff said when he addressed the crowd: "you guys are twice as big and twice as skilled!"
The winner of the custom bike from Consolvo Bikes this year was nine-year-old Brandon Firlotte from Moncton who, after hearing about the event, was brought here by a family friend.
“I’d never seen a grin so wide,” said Jarvis-Lavoie of his reaction.