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Youth Week fun
A DJ, bubble soccer field, break-
dance demonstration and extreme
sports competition are just some of the
entertainment on offer at the Gawler
Skate Park this Saturday to celebrate the
start of National Youth Week 2016.
Dubbed 'Fun at the Park', the annual Gawler
Council initiative targets people aged between
12 and 25 and aims to get them involved in the
community through a variety of fun activities.
"For us, it's really to highlight diversity in Gawler
and to celebrate young people," Gawler Council
youth development officer Ebony Steadman said.
"I think, often people, certainly the older
generation, are quick to have a bit of a go
at young people, so it's about breaking that
stereotype down, and providing some great
opportunities for young people to get involved in
some positive things that are happening, as well."
Also included in the afternoon's list of activities
are sumo-suit wrestling, a gladiator ring, body art,
free barbecue and drinks, and a youth provider
The extreme sports competition -- which features
scoot at noon, BMX at 1pm and skate at 2pm
for participants aged 14 and 15 -- requires
registration, and waiver forms, to be completed
either online, or at the venue on the day.
Additionally, Da Klinic will be conducting a
series of four skateboard, break-dance, DJ and
urban arts workshops in local schools throughout
"There will be four different schools we're
working with and we've really targeted the year
six and sevens in primary school, to help with
the transition to high school and to encourage
them to get involved with youth stuff now," Mrs
Overall, council has a clear message it wants to
convey throughout National Youth Week.
"(The message) would be 'celebrate young
people and encourage them in what they want to
pursue'," Mrs Steadman said.
'Fun at the Park' will run from 11am until 3pm at
the Gawler Skate Park.
Gawler Council youth development oﬃcer
Ebony Steadman, Gawler & District B-12
College captain Max Nienaber and Xavier
College captain Emily Costello are ready
for this Saturdayʼs ʻFun at the Parkʼ event
at the Gawler skate park, which celebrates
National Youth Week 2016.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
What do you associate with the
TY: I don't really restrict it to teenage
years; I'm nearly 19, so I feel as if it's more
between the age of 15, maybe, up to 25. I
feel like people are really young these days,
like, we're still teenagers when we're 25.
OM: It just means 'us teenagers' and even
some under 13s as they're getting into that
stage of their life where they want to be
AC: Young, teenagers, littler kids.
Do you think Gawler has plenty
of activities on offer for young
TY: I do, I think Gawler is really diverse in
the fact that there's every single activity on
offer here. If you like sport, theatre, music,
anything like that, especially with all the
schools with their involvement, there's just
OM: I think so. I think there's lots for
different types as well. You've got the more
outdoors types here (at the skate park) and
then you've got the library, for people who
are more bookish. So I think there is quite
AC: I think so, yeah. There's the skate park
here, obviously, all the playgrounds, I'm
pretty sure there's a dog park around here
somewhere, the movies; there's actually a
lot of things to do here now, recently, that
have been built.
Do you think the older
generation can sometimes be
too hard on young people?
TY: I think it depends on what the
circumstance is. I feel like old people feel as
if they are very wise, and very with it. They,
sometimes, are (too harsh), because kids are
very responsible these days and they need to
realise that we're not all stupid kids.
OM: Sometimes, but I think we have our
own mindset, and our own arrogance, as
well, that we know what we're doing. It
doesn't really affect me that much.
AC: Sometimes, yeah. But we're getting
What is it like being the captain
of your school?
TY: It's really, really crazy because I'm the
only one, it's just me. The weeks are insane.
It's a lot of responsibility, but it's really
good. I just put 100 per cent into it, it's just
one year of my life, and when I applied I
knew that I was going to put my heart and
soul into it.
OM: I really like the role, and I like the
responsibility that I get. I won't say it's easy,
but you work your way through it, and the
rewards are there.
AC: It's pretty cool. To be able to, not really
boss people around, but to have a bit of extra
authority and help other people get involved
within the school, not just at sports day, but
throughout the school year, (is rewarding).
What are your aspirations
TY: I want to be a sports journalist when I
leave school. I'm hoping to get my ATAR
up this year, and then, hopefully, get a
scholarship to a university and then study.
OM: I'd like to be successful, I'd like to
give myself lots of options. Then I was
thinking, after school, maybe doing some
humanitarian work overseas.
AC: I want to become a veterinarian, that's
what I want to do.
TO celebrate the upcoming National Youth Week, Bunyip journalist Grady Hudd chatted with Trinity College captain
Tayla Yon, Xavier College captain Oliver Miller and Gawler & District B-12 College captain Amanda Cherry about their
roles, and what the word 'youth' means to them.
Young leaders ‒ Trinity College captain Tayla Yon, Xavier College captain Oliver Miller and Gawler & District B-12 College captain Amanda Cherry.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
The voices of youth
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