Skating competition in memory of popular youngster

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A SKATING competition in memory of a popular young Wearsider has been hailed a hit.

Scores of keen skaters and BMX bikers gathered at Princess Anne Park, in Washington, at the weekend for the competition in memory of Shane Sloan.

Shane, also known as Shorty, died in May last year after the car he was driving hit a lamppost at the corner of Mount Pleasant, leading to Washington Highway.

An inquest into the death of the 18-year-old revealed the car had picked up a screw in one of the tyres, which caused the collision.

Family and friends of the popular skateboarder launched Saturday’s competition to keep his memory alive.

Shane’s mum Caron Heatherington, of Penshaw, said: “It went really, really well and was definitely a success.

“Shane would have loved it, absolutely loved it, and I think it’s a nice tribute to him and everyone else seemed to agree.

“Shane’s life was skateboarding and it was lovely to see all these people turn up to take part.”

The BMX event was split into beginners, intermediate and advanced, and participating skateboarders received a first, second and third place prize.

An overall winner was also announced in both categories, with Adam Stitt clinching the top spot in the skateboarding category and Richard Dockwray in the BMXing event.

Mrs Heatherington added: “We had all the kids coming up and asking if we’re going to do it again next year and it was great because there was a lot of younger people taking part.

“The youngest biker we had there were six-years-old so that was really good.

“We were really lucky with the weather too and the rain managed to hold off, which was great considering how it’s been all summer.”

It is now hoped that the event will become an annual fixture on Sunderland’s calendar.

“We really want to continue building on the competition, making it even bigger and better next year,” Mrs Heatherington said.

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

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.

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