World Skate Youth Athlete Development: Keeping Skateboarding Dreams Alive Into 2023 And Beyond!

Written by Niall Neeson

Followers of our blog posts detailing the Road To Paris 2024- and, indeed, beyond- may remember how we announced back in the summer of 2022 the creation of the World Skateboarding Support Fund, a mechanism through which we were able to distribute Olympic Solidarity funding via the Youth Athlete Development programme.

The first batch of funding was divided amongst 14 skateboarders from under-represented skate nations around the globe in order to fly them to the Arabian Gulf to enter our epic 2022 World Championships of Park and Street in Sharjah, UAE.

We are stoked to be able to inform you that in the Park Championships in Sharjah, three of those YAD entrants skated sufficiently well (which is to say, placed creditably within the top 70 at the first time of asking at an international event) to have secured funding for themselves to continue their skateboarding journey straight to the next competitive event in Argentina next week for WST San Juan. Those not progressing to Argentina will be offered some further intensive training opportunities- about which we’ll reveal more in the following weeks. 

Chile’s Martin Jaque and Peru’s Brigitte Morales will touch down in Western Argentina for our inaugural WST Park event at San Juan's Pocito Skatepark in the foothills of the Andean mountains, for what promises to be a skate contest like no other in a spectacular natural environment.

The dream train keeps rolling on: join us live from San Juan next weekend, 27th-28th May!

San Juan Lockup Horizontal 4c