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YEAR AWARDED

2020

DOB: 29.10.2001

Hayley grew up in the town of Mansfield, Victoria with her Mum Catriona, Dad James and older brother Liam. Mansfield is a very active community with many outdoor pursuits, so she began skateboarding, snowboarding, playing tennis and surfing. She started skateboarding at the age of 8 when her brother saw a skateboard in a variety shop and suggested she buy it and she’s never looked back.

Hayley competed and won her first competition at the age of 8 and for the next 8 years her Mum and Dad drove her to Skate Park League Competitions right across Australia. The Mansfield Community were so supportive of her following her dreams and from the age of 10 until 16 she worked on the committee to see a new skatepark built for future generations. At the age of 15 she was thrilled to join the Nike SB Team and age 16 was awarded a Future Talent Scholarship at the Victorian Institute of Sport. With the assistance of so many people, she has been fortunate to achieve two of her goals already; podium placings at Street League and X-Games. She embraced the SAHOF Scholarship and Mentoring Program and used it to work towards her next goal; representing Australia in the Tokyo Olympic Games where skateboarding will make its debut.

Hayley said of her awarding of the SAHOF Scholarship: “It is a huge honour to be selected as a SAHOF Scholarship Recipient and I look forward to and will be totally committed to working with my mentor, Kevin Sheedy. It is an honour to be able to work with a sporting great who has a wealth of knowledge and experience and I look forward to being a mentee working with Kevin in areas such as life balance, striving for excellence and success, and dealing with setbacks due to injury. It will truly be a once in a lifetime opportunity which I will embrace.”

Mentor Kevin Sheedy spoke about being Hayley’s Mentor: “During my career I have been fortunate to gain knowledge from my mentors and believe now is the time for me to share that with Hayley, an aspiring athlete from another sport.” 

Skate Australia’s President Karen Doyle spoke once Hayley’s selection was confirmed as a Scholarship Holder: “On behalf of the Board of Skate Australia, we are all thrilled that Hayley has been awarded a 2020 SAHOF Scholarship and that Kevin Sheedy will be her mentor throughout the scholarship program.

Hayley is a young woman with her sights set firmly on competing for Australia at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Street Skateboarding. We are excited for what the future will bring. As an icon of Australian sport, I am sure Kevin will be able to give Hayley the benefit of his wisdom and experience in elite sport.”

Hayley Wilson: “Integrity to me means having strong moral principles. It means to be honest, trustworthy and fair.”

Fast Facts
Disciplines: Street
First started competing: 8 years old
Pre-Competition Superstitions: Has to tap board three times
Favourite Quote: “The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you will need for tomorrow”


Awards, Honours & Achievements

  • 2020: Five-time National Champion
  • 2020: National Ranking – 1st
  • 2020: Oceania Champion
  • 2019/2020: International Ranking – 6th
  • 2019: Four-time National Champion
  • 2019: X Games, China – Silver
  • 2019: Olympic Qualifier, London – Silver
  • 2019: Olympic Qualifier, USA – 4th
  • 2018: Three-time National Champion
  • 2018: Mansfield Sports Person of the Year
  • 2018: Mansfield Shire Young Citizen of the Year
  • 2017: Two-time National Champion
  • 2016: National Champion

 

Last updated 12/08/2020

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