Wil­son shines again at na­tional skate­board­ing com­pe­ti­tion

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By CA­TRI­ONA WIL­SON

WELL known Mans­field skateboard­er Hay­ley Wil­son suc­cess­fully com­peted in the Aus­tralian TOPGROM Vert skate­board­ing com­pe­ti­tion re­cently at the Aus­tralian Grand Prix.

Hay­ley placed third to take home the bronze medal in the women’s di­vi­sion, mak­ing her rank­ing third in girls Vert skat­ing, in just her first na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in this field.

A big high­light for her was meet­ing Tony Hawk, the world’s most in­flu­en­tial skateboard­er.

Twelve year old Wil­son was one of 25 stu­dents from around Aus­tralia who were in­vited to take part in the Aus­tralian TOPGROM Vert skate­board­ing com­pe­ti­tion at the Aus­tralian Grand Prix.

TOPGROM is a cel­e­bra­tion of Grom (young) skat­ing around the world, the term ‘Grom’ re­fer­ring to a young skater, usu­ally of a very high skill level.

The com­pe­ti­tion and demon­stra­tions took place on Aus­tralia’s high­est and steep­est Vert ramp which was es­pe­cially con­structed for the grand prix.

TOPGROM com­pe­ti­tions are held right around the world and this Vert com­pe­ti­tion was the big­gest held in Aus­tralian his­tory to date.

The ‘groms’ in­vited from across Aus­tralia were lucky enough to be joined by skate­board­ing leg­ends Tony Hawk (USA), Renton Mil­lar (Aus­tralia) and San­dro Dias (Brasil) to name a few.

Wil­son and her fel­low “groms” put on demon­stra­tions for spec­ta­tors on the Thurs­day and Fri­day with the com­pe­ti­tion tak­ing place on the Satur­day.

Com­peti­tors each had three runs on the monster Vert with points given for the num­ber and com­plex­ity of tricks.

Over the course of the weekend Wil­son had the op­por­tu­nity to meet and learn some tips from the pros, with her high­light meet­ing Tony Hawk, and per­form­ing demon­stra­tions in front of a large cap­tive au­di­ence.

The em­pha­sis was on hav­ing fun and there were al­ways smiles on the faces of all the com­peti­tors.

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