11 Australian Skateboarders have been named to compete in the upcoming 2023 Tokyo Street Skateboarding World Championships taking place from December 10 - 17.
The team features Tokyo 2020 Olympian Shane O’Neill and X Games gold medallist Chloe Covell. Alongside them are six of Australia’s top skaters Haylie Powell, Felicity Turner, Olivia Lovelace, Tommy Fynn, Daniel Woolley and Rome Collyer competing as their teammates.
Rounding out the team will be Jack Lewis, Taj Branch and Nathaniel Connor, three of Australia’s up-and-coming skaters who secured their selection through one of Skate Australia’s Performance Pathways Initiatives.
Skate Australia National Coach Beau Mitchell expressed the importance of the event for Australia’s Paris 2024 Olympic hopefuls.
“The Japan World championships is a very important event for all the Aussie skaters to help solidify their spot in the top 44 before phase two of the Olympic qualifying events,” he said.
“The team has been training extremely hard in preparation for the event so I'm looking forward to seeing the skaters perform and do what they do best.
“I'm very proud of the team and incredibly excited to see how they go against the world's best."
Skate Australia Performance Pathways Manager Luke MacDonald said several members of the team will take an important step forward in their development.
“I am incredibly proud of our 11 Aussie skaters gearing up for the 2023 Street World Championships in Japan,” he said.
“This competition is crucial for earning qualification points for our Olympic hopefuls and will also serve as a major milestone for Australia’s next generation of men’s skaters, Taj, Nathaniel and Jack, who are competing at their first-ever international competition.
“Let’s get behind our Aussies as they take on the world in Japan!’
The 2023 Tokyo Street World Championships begin with three days of official practice sessions on December 10 before the competition kicks off on Wednesday 13 December.
Australian Team for 2023 Tokyo Street World Championships