Poppy Starr, 17, Skate­boarder

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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.

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