Sam inspires BMX and skateboarding contest

: opening of newly refurbished skatepark'They are officially opening the new skatepark tomorrow with BMX facilities and new seating areas.'Some of the money has been donated by Kristina mum to Sam Harbour who died in a snoboarding accident some years back.

: opening of newly refurbished skatepark'They are officially opening the new skatepark tomorrow with BMX facilities and new seating areas.'Some of the money has been donated by Kristina mum to Sam Harbour who died in a snoboarding accident some years back.

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THE ETHOS of a young snowboarder, who was killed tragically in an avalanche, has inspired a new skateboarding and BMX contest.

Sam Harber’s motto ‘Freedom and Adventure’ has been used as the title for the competition, which aims to get more people involved in the sports.

Prizes include a beginners BMX bike, helmet and skateboard with pads, which were paid for from a charity account containing money left by Mr Harber and raised by his friends.

The 26-year-old, of Ixworth, died in an avalanche in the French Alps in 2005.

His mum Kristina Pinto, who organised the competition, said: “When Sam was younger there just weren’t the facilities, but now there are, with the skate park in Bury.

“Maybe there’s someone who fancies a bike or a skateboard but can’t afford it so it gives them an opportunity.

“Plus it’s in Sam’s name and I felt that it would be nice to do something locally.

“Sam was a skateboarder, surfer and snowboarder. He did everything and he was very active.”

Mrs Pinto, of Ixworth, and his dad Barry Harber, of Lawshall, recently decided to make a contribution from the fund, which is also called Freedom and Adventure, towards a concrete ledge in the revamped Bury St Edmunds Skate Park.

A plaque is due to go up on the ledge in memory of Mr Harber.

Simon Pickering, youth and community development officer for St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said: “It’s extremely generous and the Bury Skatepark Experience committee are really grateful for the support and it’s good to get more people involved in BMX and skateboarding.

“It’s also really important to keep Sam’s memory going.”

The competition starts on Sunday at the Skate Jam 2011, which runs from noon to 7pm at the park, in Olding Road.

It ends on Thursday August 11. Forms will be available at Skate Jam, Hardcore Hobbies, in St John’s Street, and the Bury Free Press, in King’s Road.