World-renown skateboarder brings message to local students

Tim Byrne not only speaks the language of teens, but relates his message of personal experience through a current teenage pastime – skateboarding. A world-renown skateboarder, Byrne, took his talent and showmanship last week to Carver Middle, Elizabeth Davis and Matoaca High schools.

After performing at the schools, Byrne let it all fly at a presentation at Ironbridge Baptist Church for an evening demonstration, delivering his message of positivity to area youth.

His presentation to the young people included the message of how he got where he is spiritually and professionally, revealing how to stay on track at their age, while keeping it cool with his freestyle skating techniques.

Byrne is a soft spoken guy-next-door type, he would definitely relate to young people. His style isn’t disciplinary, his genuine interest in giving-back shows the moment you meet him.

A top-five-world-skater in freestyle flatland skatingboarding, Byrne started skateboarding as a child, then turned pro through contests.

“I got into skating because it was fun,” Byrne said, “God changed my life when I was 20.”

The program at Ironbridge Baptist Church, organized by youth minister Chris Palmer, was not geared toward teens who currently attend the church. Chris said that he encouraged current members to bring their friends, who really need to hear a message like Byrne’s, to help them get through the struggles they may be going through during their young lives.

by Nicole Scott

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