Year Awarded: 2018
Sport: Skateboarding
Scholarship Holders

Poppy Starr Olsen - Skateboarding

Newcastle teenage skateboard talent Poppy Starr Olsen is already travelling the globe and competing against the best in the world with an Olympic dream in her sight.

The 17-year-old from The Junction in New South Wales recently skated at the new X Dubai skate park and won the Vert World Championships in China.

Olsen, a rising star of Australian sport, will receive the opportunity of a lifetime as one of five of Australia’s brightest young stars to receive mentoring from five of Australia’s Hall of Fame members, as part of the 2018 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program.

Prior to that one of the most booked young speakers in Australia, known for her TED talk at the age of 14, won a bronze medal at the X Games.

“The Olympics has always been the dream but I guess to be able to make a living from skateboarding would be the ultimate goal,” Olsen said.

“I guess I am so good at skating because I just love it so much, so I'm always doing it as much as I can.”

Seven-time world surfing champion Layne Beachley AO will mentor Olsen and could not be a more perfectly suited Sport Australia Hall of Fame member to offer her support.

“Layne is incredible, it's going to be awesome to have a mentor that also has a passion for riding a board,” Olsen added.


Click here to read the 2018 Scholarship Media Release from 2017





Honours, Awards & Results

6th - 2017 WA King of Concrete Comp, Open Men's Division

1st - 2017 WA King of Concrete Comp,Women's Division 


Mentor:  Layne Beachley AO

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