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BMX competition remembers man in quarry death

A BMX and scooter event was held in memory of Alex Godbold, from Fleet, who drowned after falling into a water-filled quarry in August 2013

Friends and family of Alex Godbold released balloons in his memory at the Fleet Scam Jam

A young man who drowned after falling into a deep lagoon in a quarry has been remembered at a freestyle BMX and scooter competition.

More than 100 people attended this year’s Scam Jam event, held in memory of Alex Godbold from Fleet, who drowned in the lagoon at Kingsley, south of Farnham, on August 31 last year.

The 22-year-old was an avid BMX rider and was well known in the town and at The Views skate park, where last month’s competition was held by youth charity Fleet Phoenix. Alex had previously taken part in the event and his friends, family and Fleet Phoenix staff felt it a fitting tribute to hold the Scam Jam and Family Fun Day in his memory.

At the end of the day balloons were released by his friends and family.

The Godbold family donated enough money to pay for this year’s memorial event and probably the next four.

Last summer Alex, from Kings Road, slipped into the lagoon after smoking cannabis and taking ketamine.

Despite being a strong swimmer and a friend diving in to save him, Alex drowned.

A total of 26 riders, aged from seven to 23, took part in the memorial event, which included bouncy castles, ball pools and giant inflatable slides for those who were not taking part in the competition. This year, a new trophy was introduced for the Best Air, a talent that Alex was known for.

His father Jon presented the trophy to local rider and friend of Alex, Oscar Ridding.

Brothers Luke and Marcus Glover won the advanced BMX and advanced scooter categories, with Mat Teagle winning the beginner scooter category and Kie Limmage winning the beginner BMX class.

Fleet Phoenix managing director Charlotte Tickner said: “Scam Jam is a really exciting day in the year for the young people of Hart, one they look forward to all year.

“This year's event was particularly poignant as it was in memory of Alex.

“In preparation, the young people spent a day cleaning and painting the park. They worked really hard and made a fantastic job of it.

“We saw some amazing talent and tricks on the day and Fleet Phoenix and the young people were extremely pleased and grateful with the very kind donation from the Godbold family which will ensure the event for the next five years.”

Organisers thanked Jon and Nicola Godbold for supporting and sponsoring the event, Vision Construction for the food and Camberley Signs for the large ramp banner.

Fleet Phoenix was founded in 2011 as a response to youth services being cut both locally and nationally.

 
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