Local Education Department Liaison
Skateboarding isn’t a fad, it’s a recognised sport. Emerging skate competitions in America are attracting thousands of viewers per event and millions of dollars in prize money per annual tour. The status of a “skateboarder” is changing from “sub-cultural participant” to “professional athlete”. Trinity Skate Parks is investing into the future of Australian athletes by partnering with the education departments to develop and deliver accredited skate development programs. We want to see more Australian kids, teenagers, men and women empowered to chase their professional skateboarding dreams.
“The Future of Australian Sport,” a consultancy report by CSIRO for the Australian Sports Commission April 2013, “identifies six megatrends likely to shape the Australian sports sector over the next 30 years.” One of the six identified megatrends is “from extreme to mainstream”:
“This megatrend captures the rise of lifestyle, adventure and alternative sports which are particularly popular with younger generations. These sports typically involve complex, advanced skills and have some element of inherent danger and/or thrill-seeking. They area also characterised by a strong lifestyle element and participants often obtain cultural self-identity and self-expression through these sports. These sports are likely to attract participants through generational change and greater awareness via online content (e.g. YouTube, Facebook, Twitter). There is strong viewer demand for extreme sports videos on the internet and television. These sports are also finding their way into the Olympic Games; with a recent addition being BMX cycling, introduced at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. International associations for skateboarding and rock climbing are making substantial efforts to have these included as Olympic sports in the future”
Read the full CSIRO report here.