X Games gold medalist Kieran Woolley and Tokyo Olympic gold medalist, Keegan Palmer have wrapped up their World Championship experience at Aljada Skate Park in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates with strong performances in the men’s park competition.
Woolley, who started the final in sixth place after being unable to land a backside tail slide in his first run, made a comeback in the second with his best score of 89.50 earning fourth place.
Palmer finished his World Championship in eighth place with a score of 21.00 after taking early falls on all three of his runs. Without the results he had hoped for, Palmer still cheered on his competitors and ended his finals by giving away his skateboard and hat to crowd members.
Woolley, who was only 0.50 points behind third place Pedro Barros from Brazil, enjoyed the experience and is already preparing himself for the next World Skate event in Italy later this year.
“Overall highlight of the event has been skating with all the Aussies and having a good time,” he said.
“I’m stoked on my result and am definitely ready to try to learn a few more tricks and jump up a few spots for the next event in Rome.”
Member of the High Performance Committee, Corbin Harris is excited to see the future of skateboarding in Australia and is incredibly proud of the representing athletes.
“The UAE put on an incredible contest and set the standard for skateboarding moving forward. I was extremely proud as an Australia to watch our whole team work together setting a new benchmark for ourselves,"
"Not going to lie we have work to do just like every other nation in skateboarding but we have a solid foundation of amazing humans behind the scenes & some seriously talented athletes who can position us in a great spot for Paris, LA and of course our Olympics in Brisbane, Australia 2032.”
Australia had four athletes finish in the top ten of the Park World Championships with Ash Wilcomes finishing 10th in the men’s competition and Ruby Trew equalling that result in the women’s. All athletes have earned valuable ranking points towards qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
The next stop for park skaters on the road to Paris 2024 will be in Argentina in May as part of the Park Pro tour, before the Park World Championships in Rome later in the year.