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Skate Australia Performance Pathways Initiative: 2023 Street World Championships Wildcard Nomination

The opportunity

Skate Australia is looking to provide a development opportunity to a select few of our talented young skateboarders with a nomination to compete at the Skateboard Street World Championships in Japan from 10-17 December 2023 through their Performance Pathways program.

Who 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 (World Championships, World Skate international competitions, L.A. 2028 Olympics etc.). 

Eligibility

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

  1. You must be 13 years of age or older or turning 13 during the 2023 calendar year.

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

  3. If you are successful with your application, you will need to be a member of Skate Australia.

  4. You must be an Australian citizen and hold an Australian passport.

Application process

The application window will be open from Friday 15th September and close at midnight Sunday 8th October. To apply:

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

  2. Submit 5 x unedited videos (outlined below) that demonstrate how you are going to take it to the world’s best skateboarders: 

    1. Video 1: Your first 45-sec Olympic-style run.

    2. Video 2: Your second 45-sec Olympic-style run, with notable variations* from your first run.

    3. Video 3: Best trick 1

    4. Video 4: Best trick 2

    5. Video 5: Best trick 3

 

Please note the following: 

  • Your 2 Olympic-style 45-sec runs and 3 best tricks are to be completed at a park or parks of your choosing.

  • Your 2 Olympic-style 45-sec runs and 3 best tricks can be completed at the same skate park. However, it is acceptable to complete them at different parks to access different obstacles.

  • *Your 2 Olympic-style 45-sec runs should have notable variations between them. Examples of these variations may be with respect to:  

    • Different tricks

    • Different obstacles

    • Your safety run and your final run in competition

  • Your 3 best trick submissions must all be different tricks, and we encourage you not to include these tricks in your 2 Olympic-style 45-sec run submissions. 

Skateboarder commitment

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

  • Self-fund all travel and accommodation costs for the skateboarder (approximately $6000AUD per person). Skate Australia will fund competition fees and travel insurance for the athlete for this event.

  • Skateboarders under 18 years of age must travel with a parent/guardian as their chaperone.  

  • Skateboarders and their travelling chaperone/s must complete and abide by Team Australia's code of conduct requirements.

Selection criteria

Selections will be made in accordance with Skate Australia’s Skateboard High Performance Committee (SHPC) Selection Policy guidelines.

 

Click here to view the selection criteria. 

Shortlisting for this initiative will occur the week commencing Monday 9th October and you will be notified of whether you have made the shortlist by Monday 16th October. Final selections will be determined based on appropriateness and viability from Friday 20th October onwards.

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