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Skate Australia Performance Pathways: National Talent ID Scan 

Could you be Australia’s next Olympic skateboarder? Skate Australia is looking for the best young skateboarders from across the country who are ready to commit to the Olympic journey.

The opportunity

Through the National Talent ID Scan, we are looking to identify and select Australia’s future elite skaters for a 2024 national development program commencing in late February.

 

The purpose of this program is to support Australian skateboarders to grow, develop and potentially transition to becoming a high-performance athlete competing for Team Australia on the world stage.   

 

Program participants will have access to:

  • Coaching – Regular in-person or remote online coaching depending on where in the country you are based. Coaching will occur after school hours.

  • Individual performance plan – Completed with one of our Skate Australia coaches to ensure you are on a positive path with your skateboarding skills, competition preparation, well-being, and all other areas that will help you develop as a skateboarder and person.

  • Development camps – Intensive technical training, competition preparation and practice, physical assessment, development of a cohesive sense of ‘team’ and culture, parental education.

  • High-performance education – Learn about sports nutrition, physical preparation, performance mindset, and wellbeing.

 

Please note: If you already have a coach, this program will serve to complement your current coaching environment. While you will not be expected to attend all training sessions, our Skate Australia coach will work with your coach to complete your individual performance plan and identify key program aspects (e.g., camps, key training sessions etc.) for you to attend that you will benefit from.  

Who we are looking for

We are looking for highly motivated, passionate, and talented young skateboarders with the vision of competing for Team Australia at future international benchmark skateboarding events (e.g., LA 2028 and Brisbane 2032 Olympics). 

Eligibility 

Skateboarders wishing to apply for this opportunity must satisfy the following essential criteria:

  1. You must be at least 10 years of age or turning 10 during the 2024 calendar year.

  2. Submit an application following the submission process outlined below.

  3. Be a member of Skate Australia (click here to register).

  4. You must be an Australian citizen and hold (or be eligible for) an Australian passport.

 

This opportunity is open to athletes from anywhere in Australia. The registration process is entirely online and successful applicants will have the option to participate in the program in-person and/or remotely (except for development camps which may require travel – see skateboarder commitment section below).

Application process

The application window will be open from Wednesday 13th December 2023 until midnight on Sunday 21st January 2024. To apply:

  1. Submit your personal details, answer the training, coaching and competition history, and goal-setting questions

  2. Submit 7 x unedited videos that demonstrate your skateboarding ability​​​​:​​​​​

  • A 45-sec Olympic-style run completed at a park of your choosing.

  • Your 3 best tricks.

  • 3 tricks you are working on that you cannot land yet.

 

Please note: 

  • Your 3 best tricks must all be different tricks

  • Your video submissions can be completed at the same park or different parks of your choosing to access different obstacles

Skateboarder commitment

If selected and willing to accept this opportunity, skateboarders (and their families) should be prepared to commit to the following:

  • Become a Skate Australia ‘Skateboarding – Competitive’ member ($75)

  • Complete and attend all program activities including training, completing and reviewing your individual performance plan with a Skate Australia coach 

  • Attend three development camps ($250 per camp, in alignment with school holidays; dates and locations to be confirmed)

  • Self-fund travel to attend development camps

Selection criteria

The 2024 national talent development program selections will be determined at the discretion of the Performance Pathways Program, taking into account the following areas: 

  • Technical ability 

  • Training history and future potential

  • Current domestic and international talent gaps in skateboarding 

Click here to view the Skate Australia Athlete Profiling for the National Talent ID Scan. 

Important dates

Applications open: Wednesday 13th December 2023 

Applications close: Sunday 21st January 2024

Selections announced: Monday 29th January 2024 

2024 Program Induction: Monday 19th February

2024 Program commencement: Monday 26th February onwards

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