World Skate have released the official line up of skateboarders who are set to represent their country in skateboarding’s debut in the Olympics in Tokyo on 25 – 26 July, and 4 – 5 August. 20 skateboarders in each event have qualified with 5 aussies representing the country over the four events; Women’s Park, Men’s Park, Women’s Street and Men’s Street.
Over the past couple of years skateboarders have been competing in events to accrue points towards Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings (OWSR). The events that give the largest points are the World Championships, with the final competition just wrapping up in Rome on 6 June.
Of the five Australian Skateboarders we will be seeing at the Olympics, Poppy Starr Olsen will be representing us in the Women’s Park event as Keegan Palmer and Kieran Woolley are set to battle it out in the Men’s Park division. Hayley Wilson will be holding it down in the Women’s Street and Shane O’Neill will take on the best of the Men’s Street comp.
In Australia competitors were given the opportunity to gain OWSR points in three competitions that we were lucky enough to help facilitate. For Park competitors in January 2020 were able to compete at the Skate Australia National Park Championship held in Gympie QLD. We saw Poppy Starr Olsen take out the Women’s event and for the Men’s we had Keegan Palmer in first and Kieran Woolley in second. Then for Street there were two competitions. The World Skate Oceania Street Skateboarding Championship held in February 2020 was where Shane O’Neill took the top spot in the Men’s event and Hayley Wilson in the Women’s. Hayley was again top dog in the 2020 Australian Skateboarding League National Street Championship Women’s Final.
Keep up to date with what is happening on the World Skate Skateboarding website.
Check out the official list of skateboarders going to the Tokyo Olympics below!