Poppy Starr, 17, Skateboarder
WHAT’S AN AVERAGE DAY LIKE FOR YOU?
I start by going to the beach and then I go out to the skate park and just swim, skate and surf all day.
WHEN DID YOU START SKATING?
When I was eight, that’s when I picked up my first skateboard. A family friend gave me a try of his old skateboard, and he saw that I liked it so much he gave it to me.
WHEN DID YOU REALISE THIS WAS SOMETHING YOU WANTED TO DO PROFESSIONALLY?
Probably when I was like 12, when I went in my first ever World Cup and I just saw so many other girls. I realised I don’t just love skateboarding, I love everything that comes with it. That’s when I started wanting to be a professional, so I could do it more.
WHO IS YOUR PRO HERO?
I love Mimi Knoop. I always looked up to her. I remember the first time seeing her, I was so excited. She’s really nice and she supports all the girls.
HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR COMPETITIONS?
I don’t do too much, actually. I usually try to go to bed fairly early and have a good breakfast and do lots of stretches before I skate.
WHAT’S THE COOLEST PART ABOUT YOUR JOB?
I think travelling, and just skating with all my friends and having so much fun in competitions.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST PART?
Probably frustration in competitions when I don’t do so well. Often in the lead up, you can land all these tricks that you do every time, and then sometimes you just fall off something that you can do every try in practice.
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR PROUDEST CAREER MOMENT?
Winning the Vans Combi Bowl Classic in 2016. It was my first time competing in the pro division.
WHAT IS THE TOP GOAL YOU WOULD LIKE TO ACHIEVE?
To represent Australia at the Olympics.
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN WHEN YOU’RE NOT COMPETING OR TRAINING?
A lot of swimming, going on adventures and jumping off rocks!
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY TO GF READERS WHO ASPIRE TO HAVE A CAREER LIKE YOURS?
Put the effort in. I take a lot longer than other girls to learn tricks, but if you put the time and effort into it and really know what you want to achieve, then you will.