A MINEHEAD skate park has announced the winners of its design a skateboard competition.

Minehead EYE hosted the competition with help from SkateArt - a skateboard design company.

Talented Owen James, from The Castle School in Taunton, won the competition and will now have his design created and made into a skateboard to be sold on the SkateArt website.

Owens mum, Michele Ambrose, said: “Owen is now studying GCSE art at The Castle School and has been contacted by a local Taunton company to help design a logo since winning this.

“He’s really proud of himself, but not as proud as myself and his Step-Dad, Matthew.”

The competition had more than 100 entries and judges at Minehead EYE and SkateArt picked a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for the under 16s category and a winner for the under 10 category.

The results were as follows:

  • Under 16s winner: Owen James

Somerset County Gazette: Owen JamesOwen James

  • Under 16s second place: Laura Mills

Somerset County Gazette: Laura Mills skateboard designLaura Mills skateboard design

  • Under 16s third place: Maddie Pratt

Somerset County Gazette: Maddie Pratt's skateboard designMaddie Pratt's skateboard design

  • Under 10 winner: Rosie Pinto

Somerset County Gazette: Rose Pinto's designRose Pinto's design

Andy Westcott, senior youth worker at Minehead Eye, said: “During lockdown our youth clubs and skate parks were shut down and so we were wondering what we could do online.

“We got in touch with Skate Art – who create skateboard designs – and decided to run a competition for people to design their own skateboard.

“We sent the competition out to our contacts and via social media and we had well over 100 entries.

“It was a really big success.

“Before lockdown my job was face-to-face delivery in youth clubs and to do nothing during lockdown was hard but the competition brought in loads of messages and we had so many pictures sent in.

“On October 17 we are doing a private skate session at Minehead eye to give out the prizes.

“The winner’s design will get a contract on the Skate Art Website and their skateboard design will be made and sold.

“Second and third place will receive some merchandise and come in for the free skate session.

“The competition is definitely something we want to re-do in the future – hopefully we can incorporate into future youth clubs.”

To buy the winners skateboard visit www.skateart.shop