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Bulli Show this weekend

LOCAL legendary skater, Barry Strachan just happens to be the direct relative of Les Strachan, the original president of the Bulli Show Society and he is proud to be invited to showcase his
passion for skating at this year’s Bulli Show.

Barry Strachan in action

Barry Strachan in action

He’ll be joined on the ramps by world renowned local skaters Sam Giles and Marty Girotto. As president of the Northern Illawarra Skateboarders Alliance (NISA) Barry, along with a volunteer group of local community members, got together last year to highlight the need for, and raise awareness of, a skatepark in the northern suburbs of the Illawarra.
The group’s involvement in this year’s Bulli Show on Saturday May 31 and Sunday June 1, gives an opportunity for the group to showcase the massive interest by all ages in skateboarding in the area, and to gather further local support. Skateboarding demos by Sam Giles and Marty Girotto of  the Kingpin Skate Team will be held three times a day over the course of the to days. There will also be an opportunity for local skaters to participate in coaching clinics run by Skateboarding Australia.
“The addition of an International standard skateboard facility in our area would provide a stage to draw world class events, global tourism and also provide the local community the opportunity to embrace the social and health benefits that the addition of a skateboard facility provides,” Barry said.
“I am honoured to be invited to present skateboarding at this year’s show”.
A raffle of skate related items will be held on the day to raise funds to assist with the ongoing costs of promoting the need for a skatepark.
Skate decks hand painted by local artists will be available for sale, along with free stickers and iron-on transfers.

* The Bulli Show is an agricultural show with many attractions such as pavilion exhibits, sheering, blacksmith displays, international singer Johnny Spitz, Magic Show with Shane the Magic Jester, beaut ute displays, Sunday amusement rides, market and food stalls, poultry pavilion petting zoo, pony rides, stilt walkers and local dance groups. The show will conclude tomorrow (Sunday) at Slacky Flat Park.

About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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