- World Skate sanctioned Singapore Skateboarding Championship debuts 14-15 March
- Olympic qualifier, Asian Skateboarding Championship, follows 17-21 March
- Refreshed Somerset Skatepark part of preparations and a collective effort from community of skaters, legendary pro-skater, Kenny Reed, Millennial Events and the National Youth Council
Singapore, 5 March 2020 – For the first time, Singapore will host two World Skate sanctioned events at the refreshed Somerset Skatepark in partnership with Millennial Events and National Youth Council (NYC). The Singapore Skateboarding Championship for Street on 14-15 March will feature current stars and emerging athletes who will vie for a spot in the Asian Skateboarding Championship for Street on 17-21 March and the opportunity to represent the country at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. As part of the preparations for these events sanctioned by World Skate – the IOC recognised governing body for sport of skateboarding, Somerset Skatepark was refreshed with new features.
With skateboarding making its debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, hosting the two World Skate sanctioned competitions at the Somerset Skatepark is a significant coup for Singapore.
“The National Youth Council seeks to provide opportunities for all Singaporean youth to grow, develop their potential and pursue their passions. The Asian competition partnership with Vans and youth spaces like our Somerset Skatepark are several of many NYC platforms to achieve that. For this competition, we want our Singaporean skaters to make friends and benchmark with the best of their international peers and also have the opportunity to make Singapore proud,” Chief Executive Officer of National Youth Council, David Chua said.
“At other times the Somerset Skatepark, as part of the Somerset Belt rejuvenation, will be a space to support youth expression and aspirations, through pop-up activations and installations, building of youth communities and partnerships with youth and other youth interest groups. This is what 14,000 Singaporean youths from various backgrounds shared last year for what they hoped to see in the Somerset Belt,” he continued. “More details on the masterplan will be unveiled later this month.”
Refurbishment and design for the 14-year old cultural icon was based on feedback from skaters of all levels as well as discussions between the National Youth Council (NYC) and Millennial Events in an effort to understand how Singapore’s skateboarding culture could be better supported. Millennial Events further engaged various stakeholders for valuable ideas, including World Skate Federation, regional skaters and regular event partner, Vans to find the best ways to elevate the Somerset Skatepark experience with existing resources.
The task of refurbishing the park would not have been possible with many of the contractors from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia who balance their passions in skate and their work in metal, concrete, and paint.
Valuable contributions from Pro-Skaters
Legendary Pro-Skater, Kenny Reed, was consulted and helped with redevelopment. Kenny’s unique perspective, shaped through years of skateboarding in some of the harshest spots in developing nations, alongside his travels around many skate spots in the region, was significant.
Existing ramps were used to expand the skate-able area, with new features added to help progress the skills of its ardent users. New features include larger hubbas on the stairs, a corner pyramid with ramps and hips for better transitions between objects, and two innovative ‘A’ frames that create opportunities for all levels of skaters. There is also a new rail that will bring out skills of some of the most experienced skaters in Singapore. (Details in Fact Sheet)
SEA Games athletes vs emerging stars
While Team Singapore’s pro-skaters and athletes like Feroze Rahman, Johan Badiuzzaman, Juvi Kiedis, Nur Farah Atika Abdullah and Nur Azyan Azman who competed in the SEA Games are expected to participate, fans can look forward to an exciting competition between current pro-skaters and a new generation of emerging skate stars like Muhammad Kenny Bin Kamil, Muhamad Janiel Himi Irishzan Bin Zuraimi, Hafizan Bin Mohammed Eusoff and Muhammad Hamirun Bin Salihudin.
Top 20 ranked athletes for Asian Street Skateboarding Championships
With the Asian Street Skateboarding Championship from 17-21 March billed as an Olympic qualifier, up to 50 athletes are expected to participate. From those ranked in the world’s Top 20 from Japan and China (based in the USA) as well as emerging talent from Afghanistan, Palestine, Yemen, Brunei, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam for both the Men and Women categories.
Although each respective country’s Skate Federation will decide on participation due to current COVID-19 concerns, for those in Singapore and for participating athletes, it should not impact the event. However, due to the evolving situation globally, more stringent precautionary measures will be put in place, following the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) advisories issued on 8 February and 3 March. These include:
• Temperature screening.
• Looking out for respiratory symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath.
• Denying entry to unwell athletes and spectators.
• Reminding athletes and spectators not to attend the event if they are unwell or have been placed on leave of absence (LOA). Announcements will be made on the event website and social media platforms.
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About Millennial Events
Millennial Events (ME) is the foremost operator of professional urban sports events in the region. With recent experience in China, Singapore and Japan, ME has helped elevate the brand experience for Vans, Adidas, Kia, Monster Energy, GoPro, DJI and Red Bull, some of the foremost brands in youth and urban sports culture. Alongside government agencies, ME is bringing communities together to help make their dreams come true. In 2020, some of these dreams are inspired by the Tokyo Olympic Games, where park and street terrain skateboarding, alongside freestyle BMX and surfing and sport climbing will make their debut.
Denying entry to athletes and spectators with recent travel history to Iran, northern Italy or the Republic of Korea within the last 14 days.
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About Asian Skateboarding Championship for Street
In 2016, Asian Street Skateboarding Championship brought together young skaters from across Asia and gave them a platform to compete. It also gave brands and government agencies a glimpse of the sport at a sanctioned and competitive level, with federation supervision. In an Olympic year, the 2020 Asian Skateboarding Championships returns as a World Skate sanctioned contest, and an Olympic Qualifier, with expected entries from countries across the continent. For some, this is their only international platform. For others, it is an important step to Olympic qualification. http://www.worldskate.org/
About National Youth Council (NYC)
At NYC, we believe in a world where young people are respected and heard and have the ability to influence and make a difference to the world. Together with our partners, we develop future-ready youth who are committed to Singapore by instilling in them a heart for service, resilience and an enterprising spirit. https://www.nyc.gov.sg
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