Skateboarding elect to assistance Australians aiming for Tokyo 2020 gold

January 19, 2018 - skateboarding


Jan 19, 2018 19:08:08

Young skateboarder and Olympic carefree Jedd McKenzie does a trick.

Up to 8 Australian skateboarders could contest during a subsequent Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Supplied: Australian Sport Commission)

Skateboarders comparison to paint Australia during a 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo will now have a new supervision physique to support them.

Tokyo will be a initial time skateboarding comforts in a Games, as a International Olympic Committee tries to interest to younger generations of sports fans.

The Australian Sports Commission, a physique obliged for competition funding, has launched a new organization to support a initial inhabitant skateboarding team.

Luke Pellegrini from a Australian Olympic Committee pronounced a newly shaped Skateboard 2020 Commission would support skateboarders with veteran training.

“[We are bringing] these athletes together who are mostly competing on an particular basis, and putting some coaches, some high opening funding, some strength and conditioning frameworks [in front of them],” Mr Pellegrini said.

Up to 8 Australian skateboarders could contest in a subsequent Olympics, comparison formed on their universe rankings, according to Mr Pellegrini.

“Whether or not that includes things like a X Games or a Park Series we’re not utterly certain yet, though there’ll be competitions both here in Australia and also internationally,” he said.

That has not put off immature skateboarders like Olympic carefree 16-year-old Victorian Hayley Wilson, who trains with a Victorian Institute of Sport.

Young skateboarder Keegan Palmer, 14, does a trick.

Skateboarder Keegan Palmer, 14, hopes to paint Australia during a 2020 Olympic Games. (Supplied: Australian Sport Commission)

“If we get injured, we can redeem there. I’ve got physios, I’ve got doctors, I’ve got all a comforts we need,” Hayley said.

“But now I’m only going to work as tough as we can to get a mark on that team.”

Another skateboarder, 14-year-old Queenslander Keegan Palmer, is a youngest Australian to contest in a universe skateboarding championships in a US.

“Dude, yeah, [a career in skateboarding] is like my goal,” Keegan said.

“I wish that as my career since it’s fun, instead of carrying to investigate we could only investigate skateboarding, that is so most some-more fun.

“You can only corkscrew by Instagram and infrequently people post super-amazing things that we wish to learn.”

‘We have such a clever movement culture’

As for Australia’s chances of bullion in a skateboarding events in Tokyo, former universe crater champion Renton Millar pronounced he was optimistic.

“We have a abyss of talent that is flattering most distinct roughly any other nation besides, say, Brazil or America,” Mr Millar said.

Young skateboarder and Olympic carefree Liv Lovelace does a trick.

Tokyo will underline skateboarding for a initial time in an Olympics, as organisers try to interest to younger fans. (Supplied: Australian Sport Commission)

“We have some-more open skateparks per capita than any other nation in a world, and we have such a clever movement culture.”

Mr Millar, who is also a member of a Australian Skating Federation and judges skating competitions, pronounced he looked for how good skateboarders used a obstacles in a park.

“The technicality of a tricks — how tough a tricks are, a accumulation of a tricks, and also looking during a character and a amplitude, that is how distant we grind, how high we air,” he said.

Broadening a pro-skating universe to a Olympic Games could open some-more doors for sponsorship, celebrity and happening — though Mr Millar pronounced zero would expected change a underlying skateboarding enlightenment that goes with it.

“Everything else in skateboarding that exists is still going to stay valid. Skating a quell or a pool or a skatepark or with your mates.

“That’ll all still be there, though we’re only going to have a Olympics as well.”





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