The London stop was the first chance ever for street skaters to start collecting points for Tokyo 2020 qualification and VIS athletes Hayley Wilson and Shane O’Neill proved they were up for the challenge, both finishing on the podium at the Copper Box Arena on the weekend.
VIS’ rising star Hayley Wilson, finished in second place just 0.1 point off Brazil’s Pamela Rosa. Although the narrow margin, Wilson put together the highest scoring trick (8.1) with a big spin frontside board slide done quite perfectly at the third attempt.
Her result is historic for Australian skateboarding, becoming the first Australian female to compete in the first Olympic Qualifier.
“What a day! Such an intense final but couldn’t be more hyped to be coming away with 2nd place.” Wilson said.
Meanwhile in the men’s division, new VIS recruit Shane O’Neill was third with a score of 34.8 and a near perfect 9.3 run.
What a start for VIS and Australian skateboarding with only the top 20 in the world able to qualify for Tokyo 2020. The next stop for points will be the Dew Tour in mid-June.