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Isaiah off to train in skateboarding in USA

Isaiah Johnston is on a mission to go to Woodward, California for the biggest Skateboarding School Programme held in the summer holidays in USA.

Isaiah skateboarding at the Whitianga Skate Park.

Isaiah, a student at Mercury Bay Area School and highly skilled competitive skateboarder, has been working hard for some time to raise the funds to fulfil this dream. He is very grateful for the help of the Whitianga and wider community.

“I have had so much support from a whole bunch of people.”

Isaiah practises at his local Whitianga Skate Park. It has been terrific for training and practising and now there is the new Tairua one as well.

“At this skateboarding school, I can compare myself to the best skateboarders in the world and I will learn lots of new things. This is not a competition but training, and there are professional skateboarders there to teach you.

Isaiah explains he was very nervous when he sent off his application to attend the Skate School.

“When I got a scholarship, that was the best news, as it has helped with expenses. I intend to make this experience worth it for everyone who believes in me.”

Isaiah has developed quite a philosophy around his skatingboarding. “Skatingboarding is not just about learning new tricks; that’s a part of it, but you have to understand and trust yourself to take risks. Sometimes I have struggled with confidence, but I have learned to break every new challenge down into small steps, and practise one step at a time.  Once you master something, then you can add to that and create something unique that is your own particular style and creation. You have to stay alert, healthy and very focussed.”

Family Size Raffle

Now Isaiah is on the last leg of fund raising. With his family, Gabriel and Rachel owners of Hula Café, they have received gifts and vouchers from a host of local businesses and friends, to make up a very generous raffle to offer to their community.

“There are boat tickets for Sea Cave Adventures, New World vouchers, a Warehouse gift card, Earth Store vouchers – that’s just a start for all the things in this raffle,” beams Isaiah.

He is inviting people to come to Hula Café and buy a raffle ticket. “It’s going to be drawn on Friday, 21 June and I leave on Monday, 24 June!”

Isaiah has a very busy last few days as the band in which he plays drums and guitar – The has a place in the Inter-school Smoke Free Rockquest Regional Finals on Friday and Saturday, the weekend prior to his leaving for USA. Isaiah’s Dad will take him to Bay of Plenty to compete on behalf of his college, MBAS.

Isaiah has a ‘Give A Little’ page as well as the raffle to try and meet the amount he needs to be on his way and return home safely. Be part of supporting this very good young man.


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