It was the day when the biggest number of children came over the last 3 weeks. Actually, all of them have been practicing more and more over the last week because of us remembering them constantly about the D-day.
I don’t know if it’s the Bibi factor or something else but we haven’t seen them so obedient since we arrived at the ramp. Maybe it was because some of them were really focuses thinking like: “today is the day, I got to show them what I can do“. But the most surprising was the other kids, not skating, who were really attentive to what was going on. It seems that the only uncontrollable activity was the coconut shy outside.
Let’s focus on the competition itself. We had one of the largest speakers that we have ever seen so that the entire city Cerrito de la Virgen knew what was going on. Marta and Meghan were our two professional camerawomen so that we could make an awesome after movie ( https://vimeo.com/174044231 ).
There were four professional judges: Brayan, Clement (the president of the competition by the way), Jhoan and Harry. The kids were separated into three categories: under 8, over 8, and girls. Thus, after en hour of training the competition began with Bibi’s comments.
A first qualification round began so as to distinguish the two finalists of each category. The judges were obviously judging according to some predefined criteria. The rounds were lasting 5 minutes with a round of applause at the beginning when presenting each skaters.
We did a short break with some snacks for the children and obviously also for the parents who came to encourage the kids. Still during the break, all the judges gave a little show of their talents; obviously and according to the clapometer they all deserved their places.
Then, the finals took place leading to three winners: Katherina, Johnmi y Davi. Thus, we could end this beautiful afternoon by giving all participants a bag with stickers, lollipops, fruits … and obviously a trophy for each winner.
It was also a good opportunity to take a wonderful picture of all the children that forms the family of “La Rampa”
Written by Benjamin Salem, volunteer at La Rampa