Jerry Norman knowledge and experience comes from opening Rush Skatepark at Brimscombe in 2013.
With my experience of designing, building and running one of the best skateparks in the world, with my wife, there are so many positives that come from this. Users of the skate park do not discriminate by age, race or ability. Everyone wants everyone to do well. This came to light to the world during the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.
A skatepark isn't just for one discipline it should be for all. They learn from each other and many of the users start in one discipline but then then move onto the others.
The skate community camaraderie has shown in every competition from BMX, Inline, Skateboarding or Scootering, held at Rush over the 9 years we were open. This included local, national and international competitions such as the world championships.
Until you have lived, breathed and seen it you it may be hard to understand the effect it has on the users of a skatepark. It gives them self-belief, determination, communication skills and a sense of belonging that they probably do not get anywhere else.
The last 9 years have been a total privilege and an experience to which I will treasure for the rest of my life. I am really excited about what comes next.