Hayley living her dream
Invited to skate with Tony Hawk at Grand Prix
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.