June 30 - July 20, 2024: Issue 630


Paris 2024 Olympic Games - australia's Skateboard Team: Two Narrabeen Sports High School Girls Make Their Mark

After making its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in 2021, skateboarding will once again be on the programme for Paris 2024, taking place at the famous Place de La Concorde in the heart of the French capital.

Two Narrabeen Sports High School athletes, Olivia (Liv) Lovelace and Ruby Trew, a current Year 10 student, have qualified for their events.

Ruby is currently ranked 9th in the world after the Olympic Qualifying events and is a genuine medal contender for Australia in the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics.

“Narrabeen Sports High has been a really supportive school. They have an Olympic Pathway program now and they are supporting me so much on my Olympic journey – I couldn’t thank them more,” Ruby said.

Narrabeen Sports High is an Olympics Pathway School, which means 15-year-old Ruby will be the school's first Olympian.
Locals would have also seen Ruby ripping it up and coming among the results at several surfing competitions over the past years.


Liv graduated from Narrabeen Sports High School in 2021 after completing her Higher School Certificate. While a student, she represented Australia in skateboarding back in 2019.
Liv is currently ranked 18th in the world after competing in the final Olympic Qualifiers in Budapest.

Liv in centre

Australian skateboarders Keegan Palmer and Arisa Trew claimed gold in the men’s and women’s park events at the final of the Olympic Qualifier Series (OQS) in Budapest, held June 20-23. Keegan Palmer, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic champion, was back at his best with a winning run of 94.94, to give him the confidence boost he was searching for as he prepares to defend his gold medal in Paris.

“There are no words, I’m just speechless at this point. It was very stressful, watching three people land 90s, before I had to drop in, is quite a scary feeling. I’ve learnt to control those feelings now and it worked out today,” he said.

14-year-old Arisa Trew won back-to-back gold medals at the OQS as she eyes off nomination to her first Olympic Games.

“It felt really fun and I was really happy with how I did, I’m just amazed right now. My first run didn’t go as well as I wanted to.

The women’s park skateboarding event, which had a similar qualifying process for the Paris Olympics, saw Australia’s 14-year-old Arisa Trew and Ruby Trew obtain quotas.

Arisa topped the Budapest leg with a best run of 93.38 in the final to add to her Shanghai win. Great Britain’s Sky Brown (91.93), a Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist, and Japan’s Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Hiraki Kokona (91.83) came second and third, respectively.

Ruby Trew was ousted in the semi-finals but obtained a second quota for Australia in the event as the ninth-place athlete in the final standings.

In street skateboarding, X Games 2023 gold medallist Chloe Covell, Liv Lovelace and Haylie Powell secured the quotas in the women’s event while Shane O'Neill secured Australia’s only quota in the men’s street skateboarding.

Chloe Covell, with a score of 261.47, finished fifth in the Budapest final while Liv Lovelace and Haylie Powell could not make it to the semi-finals.

Olympian Shane O'Neill did not make it to the semi-finals in Budapest. However, he was ranked 21st among athletes eligible for quota and secured one for Australia.

In the men’s park BMX freestyle, Australia’s Olympic champion Logan Martin, who came second in Shanghai, finished 17th in the qualification in Budapest and failed to obtain a quota for Australia. Martin scored 69.92 in his first run after a fall in the final seconds. He was eighth in the final standings with the top six making the cut from the OQS.

Tokyo Olympian Natalya Diehm, who was ninth in Shanghai, came fifth in the women’s park BMX freestyle final in Budapest with a score of 90.86 and managed to secure a quota for Australia. Natalya was seventh in the standings but squeezed in as there were three Chinese athletes in the top six and each NOC is allowed a maximum of two quotas per gender.

Australian athletes also featured in the sports climbing and breaking competitions but could not obtain quotas in these events.

Australia has qualified nine spots for the Paris Olympic Games across the global standings and World Skate qualification, with Skate Australia to nominate athletes to the Australian Olympic Team, and the final team selection expected to be made this coming week. 

Each NOC can enter a maximum of twelve skateboarders (six for each gender) in both the street and park events. 

The full list of 88 skaters in both the street and park programs who have qualified, post Budapest, runs below.

The world’s greatest skateboarders will face each other at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, competing in the two most popular and spectacular disciplines: Park and Street.
Athletes must carry out their most impressive tricks, meeting criteria for the degree of difficulty, speed and range of moves.

The Olympic skateboarding program will feature preliminary rounds and finals, the stage that will define the gold, silver, and bronze medallists.

The park skateboarding program at Paris 2024 will take place in a setup that blends bowls and several features that will help them generate speed and get airborne.

Each skater will have the opportunity to perform three 45‑second runs. The best of these three results will count toward their final score.

The street skateboarding program at Paris 2024 will see Olympian sidewalk surfers take on stairs and handrails that mimic the urban context. Each athlete will have two 45‑second runs and five tricks they carry out to make their final score.

The event starts on July 27 and concludes on August 7.

Paris 2024 - Qualified Skateboarders

Men's Street
  1. Ginwoo Onodera (JPN)
  2. Sora Shirai (JPN)
  3. Yuto Horigome (JPN)
  4. Jagger Eaton (USA)
  5. Nyjah Huston (USA)
  6. Gustavo Ribeiro (POR)
  7. Chris Joslin (USA)
  8. Richard Tury (SVK)
  9. Matias Dell Olio (ARG)
  10. Aurelien Girard (FRA)
  11. Kelvin Hoefler (BRA)
  12. Giovanni Vianna (BRA)
  13. Cordano Russell (CAN)
  14. Matt Berger (CAN)
  15. Ryan Decenzo (CAN)
  16. Joseph Garbaccio (FRA)
  17. Felipe Gustavo (BRA)
  18. Vincent Milou (FRA)
  19. Jhancarlos Gonzalez Ortiz (COL)
  20. Mauro Iglesias (ARG)
  21. Shane O'Neill (AUS)
  22. Brandon Valjalo (RSA)
Women's Street
  1. Coco Yoshizawa (JPN)
  2. Liz Akama (JPN)
  3. Rayssa Leal (BRA)
  4. Funa Nakayama (JPN)
  5. Chloe Covell (AUS)
  6. Chenxi Cui (CHN)
  7. Paige Heyn (USA)
  8. Poe Pinson (USA)
  9. Wenhui Zeng (CHN)
  10. Yuanling Zhu (CHN)
  11. Roos Zwetsloot (NED)
  12. Pamela Rosa (BRA)
  13. Jazmín Alvarez (COL)
  14. Natalia Muñoz (ESP)
  15. Liv Lovelace (AUS)
  16. Keet Oldenbeuving (NED)
  17. Gabi Mazetto (BRA)
  18. Vareeraya Sukasem (THA)
  19. Mariah Duran (USA)
  20. Haylie Powell (AUS)
  21. Lucie Schoonheere (FRA)
  22. Boipelo Awuah (RSA)
Men's Park
  1. Tate Carew (USA)
  2. Keegan Palmer (AUS)
  3. Gavin Bottger (USA)
  4. Tom Schaar (USA)
  5. Augusto Akio (BRA)
  6. Kieran Wooley (AUS)
  7. Luigi Cini (BRA)
  8. Pedro Barros (BRA)
  9. Danny Leon (ESP)
  10. Viktor Solmunde (DEN)
  11. Keefer Wilson (AUS)
  12. Alex Sorgente (ITA)
  13. Hampus Winberg (SWE)
  14. Vincent Matheron (FRA)
  15. Steven Pineiro (PUR)
  16. Yuro Nagahara (JPN)
  17. Alessandro Mazzara (ITA)
  18. Thomas Augusto (POR)
  19. Alain Kortabitarte (ESP)
  20. Andrew Macdonald (GBR)
  21. Tyler Edtmayer (GER)
  22. Dallas Oberholzer (RSA)
Women's Park
  1. Kokona Hiraki (JPN)
  2. Arisa Trew (AUS)
  3. Sakura Yosozumi (JPN)
  4. Sky Brown (GBR)
  5. Hinano Kusaki (JPN)
  6. Raicca Ventura (BRA)
  7. Bryce Wettstein (USA)
  8. Ruby Trew (AUS)
  9. Dora Varella (BRA)
  10. Ruby Lilley (USA)
  11. Isadora Pacheco (BRA)
  12. Minna Stess (USA)
  13. Naia Laso (ESP)
  14. Heili Sirvio (FIN)
  15. Lilly Stoephasius (GER)
  16. Nana Taboulet (FRA)
  17. Lola Tambling (GBR)
  18. Fay Ebert (CAN)
  19. Emilie Alexandre (FRA)
  20. Julia Benedetti (ESP)
  21. Haohao Zheng (CHN)
  22. Aya Asaqas (MAR)