Skateboard competition in memory of teenager killed in car crash

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FAMILY and friends of a Wearsider who died at just 18 have organised an event in his memory.

Shane Sloan died in May last year after the car he was driving collided with a lamppost.

Now, friends and family of the keen skateboarder have come together to launch a competition next month.

The challenge will see keen skaters and BMX bikers gather at Princess Anne Park, in Washington, where Shane used to skate.

The 18-year-old, known as Shorty, had passed his test only five weeks before his tyre was damaged by a screw, leading to his car hitting the lamppost at the corner of Mount Pleasant, leading to Washington Highway.

Since then, his family and friends have made it their mission to keep Shane’s memory alive.

In May, memorial benches were put in place at the skateparks he loved – Herrington Country Park and Princess Anne Park – providing them with a lasting tribute.

Now they have organised the competition for July 28.

Shane’s mum Caron Heatherington, of Penshaw, said: “We wanted to do this in memory of Shane and as something for his friends too.

“He loved skateboarding. Every moment he had spare was spent at one of the skate parks.

“That’s why we got the memorial benches and had his name grafittied in the parks.”

Organised with support from Sunderland City Council and Oxclose and District Young People’s Project, the competition will have BMX and skateboarding categories.

The BMX event is split up into beginners, intermediate and advanced, and participating skateboarders will receive a first, second and third place trophy.

It is also hoped that the competition will become an annual fixture on the city’s calendar of events.

A raffle will also take place on the day, with the top prize being a BMX bike.

Anyone wanting to take part in the competition is asked to register with Oxclose and District Young People’s Project on 417 3382.

The promising former Biddick School Pupil was gearing up to graduate from City of Sunderland College’s Hylton Road campus when the fatal accident took place.

An inquest into Shane’s death revealed it was the screw in the tyre of the car that led to him losing control.

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