Wilson shines again at national skateboarding competition
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.