Wherever you stand on the ‘skateboarding at the Olympics’ debate, there’s no changing the fact that it’s happening. Next year, at the Tokyo 2020 summer games, skaters from across the world will pop tricks in their nation’s colours and, maybe, scoop themselves a chunk of precious metal in the process. It’s all very exciting / not exciting, depending on which side of the fence you sit.
Between the 12th and 14th of April, the Graystone Action Sports Academy in Manchester will be hosting the UK National Skateboard Championships. Not only will it be the first official national skateboarding championship to be held in England, it will also be a chance for competitors to earn qualifying points for the Olympic Games. Stakes raised… and all that.
Over 140 of the UK’s best skateboarders will compete in street and park disciplines during the course of this three day event. Confirmed names for the event include Alex Decunha, Jordan Thackeray, Alex Hallford and super grom Sky Brown, age 10, – all recently chosen for the Skateboard GB aspirational squad.
Skateboard England CEO, James Hope-Gill said “We’re excited to announce the launch of the UK Championships. The most talented skateboarders from around the country will compete in the first event and with Olympic qualification points at stake, it is set to be one of the highlights in the skateboarding calendar.”
Graystone Director Kevin Gray, meanwhile, said “To be hosting the National Skateboard Finals so soon after opening in December 2018 is a huge honour. We are passionate here at Graystone about being an aspirational training centre for sports men and women and about inspiring future generations to develop their skate, snowboard, ski, scoot and BMX skills. We are delighted that GB Skateboard feel excited by our facilities and we look forward to welcoming the country’s best riders to Manchester.”
A limited number of spectator tickets are available at £5 for the Friday, £10 for the Saturday, and £15 for the Sunday. They’re available through the Skateboard England website. The National Championships are also due to be broadcast live across digital platforms. It promises to be an absolute banger.