11-year-old boy wows crowd at international skateboarding competition

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Bowlzilla Wellington 2022. 11-year-old Harvey Campbell wowed the crowd as he took part in the Men's Open and finished fourth in the competition on Sunday.

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Bowlzilla Wellington 2022. 11-year-old Harvey Campbell wowed the crowd as he took part in the Men’s Open and finished fourth in the competition on Sunday.

An 11-year-old boy was cheered by the crowd during the annual Bowlzilla skate competition in Wellington on Sunday.

It was Harvey Campbell’s first international competition and the competitor from Central Coast, New South Wales won the day in fourth place.

Father Mark Campbell said Harvey was “very excited” to be at the international competition and had to decide whether he wanted to compete in the under-16s or the men’s on Sunday morning.

“A lot of guys he looks up to were skating in the open, so he wanted to skate with them,” he said.

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Skater and Bowlzilla event representative Ramon Thackwell said the day couldn't have gone better after it had to be postponed due to bad weather on Saturday.

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Skater and Bowlzilla event representative Ramon Thackwell said the day couldn’t have gone better after it had to be postponed due to bad weather on Saturday.

“He had fun and that’s the main thing, that’s what it’s about.”

Harvey said he was happy with how it went. “I did my best.”

The Bowlzilla contest has been postponed from October to March due to Covid-19 restrictions and was originally scheduled for Saturday. Bad weather led to its postponement, but “you couldn’t have asked for a better rainy day,” said event representative and skater Ramon Thackwell.

Ethan Copeland finished third in the men's open.

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Ethan Copeland finished third in the men’s open.

This resulted in the loss of 15 people who were unable to compete on Sunday due to travel plans.

But the stands in Waitangi Park were packed as fans and fellow skaters attended the event with skaters from around the world including Mexico, Canada and Australia.

Shaun Boucher of Tauranga won the men’s open competition. In second place, Bowman Hansen and third place, Ethan Copeland.

This year marked the seventh year of the competition and saw the return of international skaters after last year’s event was limited to domestic competitors because of Covid-19.

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