Boys encourage extreme girls to get skates on for sport
CAITLIN MacKellar quashed her childhood dreams to become a scooter star when she turned thirteen.
She gave up the "boyish" dream to pursue less physically demanding pastimes, which she thought were better suited to her, she said.
But her first place win in Wednesday's Fraser Coast Youth Week skate competition at Anzac Park has seen her love for the sport return.
It is all thanks to the support from two professional teen riders on the Fraser Coast who want to see her and other girls like her succeed.
Cameron Smith, 16, and Jaidyn Gowley, 18, who were entered to compete against her in the day's open division, nominated Caitlin to take out first prize. While her skills were rusty, Jaidyn said her enthusiasm made them both want to give her first place. Caitlin couldn't believe her luck and was staggered by their encouragement when she found out.
"I was completely shocked," she said.
"I thought because I didn't get third I hadn't made a place."
Youth worker Steven Jackson, from HSD, said everyone there was impressed by her efforts - she was the only female competitor on the day, which attracted about 40 entrants.
"The fact she entered to compete against two professionals took a lot of guts," he said.
He said male participation in the sport was greater than females' and was thrilled Caitlin gave it a go.
Caitlin now wants to refine her techniques to a professional standard.