Skateboarders from Thompson finished in the top three in both the 13- to 17-year- old and 18-and-over divisions at the 2012 Northern Manitoba Skateboard & BMX Championship held at the Oscar Lathlin Collegiate Skatepark in Opaskwayak Cree Nation on June 2.
Cahlin Jesso of Thompson took top spot in the 13- to 17-year-old division, beating out runner-up Gary Caribou of Flin Flon and third-place finisher Brandon Perry, also of Thompson.
In the 18-and-over division, Thompson's Justin Goulding took third, finishing behind champion Brendon Sanderson of Winnipeg and runner-up Brian Constant of The Pas.
Riders from The Pas swept the BMX competitions, with the the 12-and-under division won by Dylan Lavalleee, with Ayden Fetterly and Santana Stephen second and third. Kirklin Ferguson was the 13- to 17-year-old champion, beating runner-up Cullen Lamb and third-place finisher Josiah Harder. Ryan Borque and Lorne Rushton, the only two competitors in the 18-and-over BMX competition, were awarded the top two places by acclamation.
"In total, there were over 20 competitors in three different age categories for each sport," said Jerome Conaty, owner of Funky Threadz, the skateboard, snowboard and clothing store in The Pas that organizes the skateboard and BMX championships. " Approximately 100 people were in attendance to cheer on the talent from across the Nor-Man Region."
Skateboarders were judged by Graham Constant and Waka Whitecloud, while Borque and Rushton judged the BMX events.
Jesso was second in the 14- to 17-year-old division when the skateboard and BMX championships were hosted in Thompson for the first time last June, while Goulding took top spot in the 18-and-over division.