Hay­ley liv­ing her dream

In­vited to skate with Tony Hawk at Grand Prix

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT -

TWELVE-year-old Mans­field skateboard­er Hay­ley Wil­son will be liv­ing her dream this weekend when she skates along­side world cham­pion pro­fes­sional Tony Hawk.

Cur­rently ranked 5th in the Aus­tralian women’s street skat­ing cat­e­gory, Hay­ley has a big fu­ture as she lines up to take part in Aus­tralia Top Grom Vert com­pe­ti­tion and demon­stra­tion at the 2014 Grand Prix in Mel­bourne start­ing this Thurs­day.

In­vited to at­tend the pres­ti­gious skat­ing event, Hay­ley will take part in daily demon­stra­tions on the Monster Vert, a pipe that was spe­cially con­structed for the Grand Prix.

Tak­ing place from the March 13 to 16, Top Grom has in­vited skaters un­der the age of 18 from around Aus­tralia.

Along­side pro­fes­sional skater Tony Hawk, Aus­tralian Bowl Cham­pion Renton Mil­lar and other pro skaters from around the world will be show­ing off their skat­ing skills.

Hay­ley’s mixed event, which will see her take on some of the top boys in the com­pe­ti­tion, will take place this Satur­day.

“With lots of prac­tice you can con­tin­u­ally im­prove and learn new tricks,” Hay­ley said.

“It keeps you fit and you make new friends - if you want to en­ter com­pe­ti­tions it gives you the chance to travel to places across Vic­to­ria and Aus­tralia.”

Hay­ley, who at the age of 7 was the youngest girl in the South­ern Hemi­sphere to suc­cess­fully “drop into” the Monster Half Pipe in Syd­ney, started her ca­reer at Mans­field’s own skate park, and continues to use it reg­u­larly.

FU­TURE CHAM­PION: Young Hay­ley Wil­son will skate along­side Tony Hawk this week­end in the Aus­tralia Top Grom Vert com­pe­ti­tion.

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