Olympic Skateboarding is set to hit new heights in Australia after the sport took a giant leap towards joining the Olympic programmer for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games. Fans who want to watch live action of Olympic Park Skateboarding can buy Olympic Park Skateboarding Tickets online.
The sport’s youth appeal was no doubt a driving factor as the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee proposed 6 sports for the Game of the 32nd Olympiad. Skateboarding, alongside surfing, baseball, softball, karate and sport climbing will be presented to the IOC who will make a final choice at the 129th IOC Session in Rio in August 2016.
The announcement is a major boost for Australian skateboarding and is likely to see the sport’s healthy participation levels grow even further. We have more skate parks in Australia per capita than any other country said former skateboarding World Champion Renton Millar.
“It seems almost every suburb has at least an old beat up one but we do have some of the best skate parks in the world. A lot of the global skate industry is made up of Australian companies and we have the best skate park builders in the world.”
Millar believes that the sport’s inclusion in the Olympic competition could convert the nation’s untapped talent into success on a global scale. Skateboarding in the Olympics would do wonderful things for competitive skating in Australia.
For a scene that is so developed we really have a lacking of any sort of cohesive series in the main discipline of street skating. The Olympics would mean that there would be a focus on building a contest pathway from grassroots to the highest level.
“This would help ensure that we are translating our young athletes’ talents into results in high-level competitions.”
There is some great junior skaters like Keegan Palmer who at 9 won the Australian Championships for bowl skating in the under 18 division and at 12 has won Open Amateur contests in Europe, Brazil, USA and of course in Australia. I think he is the best transition skateboarder in Australia and he is basically a child that skates like a man.
Shane O’Neill 25 is one of our leading competition skaters and just about the most famous Aussie skater while Brad Saunders 13 is doing some great things competing in Asia. Poppy Ollson is also the girls over 15 World Amateur Champion in a bowl. The competition would feature both street and park competitions with the world’s finest skateboarders fighting it out for Olympic glory.
The street is the biggest discipline and it is both technical and gutsy. It comes from the street with blocks, stairs, ledges, handrails to skate off just as you would see in a cityscape. Park evolved from pool and bowl skating and features plenty of big transitions. While Millar admits he will not be looking to make a comeback for the Games he is keen to continue to help the sport progress in Australia.
“I believe that each athlete needs to keep their own individuality and creativity but I’d be happy to offer advice in any way I can. Skating has been such a fulfilling part of my life and to see the next generation have the opportunity to compete at the Olympic level would be amazing.”
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