CHANGING the culture in our skate parks is a major goal for BMX rider Josh Fountain.
Mr Fountain was in Kingaroy at the weekend for a demonstration and to ride with Kingaroy locals.
He travels around with Chi-Rho ministries, mentoring and inspiring children and young adults and doing demonstrations at different skate parks around Australia.
He wants to be a positive role model for young people.
"Team sport isn't for everyone and you shouldn't have to feel like an outsider because you don't like football,” he said
"Kids need places to congregate, especially in small towns, to have fun and to learn.
"You don't have to be doing illegal stuff to be cool.”
He wants to change skate culture from having a negative image to a positive and welcoming one.
"There is a major negative culture of talking down to people, or putting a video up on Facebook and not have the perfect landing and it getting tones of negative comments,” Mr Fountain said.
"It doesn't have to be perfect, you just have to be having fun while you're doing it.
"It doesn't help with kids' self image to be being put down by others all the time.”
Mr Fountain grew up in Dalby and said there was not a lot of support for the skate park when he was growing up.
He said it was great to get out to small towns and visit kids at skate parks. Interacting with pro-skaters and riders was an opportunity many kids didn't have.
"I want to keep encouraging and demystifying the pro-skater culture,” he said. "You don't have to play sport or football to fit in and you don't have to be an outsider to be cool.
"You can skate and still be a nice person and be included.”
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