An island in the Southern Hemisphere that is surrounded by ribbons of golden beaches and crystal-clear waters that draws in some of the world’s greatest waves. It is no doubt that Australia’s long hot summer’s attract millions to the abundant coastlines to revel in what we do best … surf!
The 2020 Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo, will debut Surfing for the very first time. Surfers will compete roughly 64 km from Tokyo in the open waters of Shidashita Beach in Chida. This is a golden opportunity for Australia to show the rest of the world that we have the world’s greatest surfers. We have never been more ready to show off the talent of our surfing athletes as we see our strongest team hit the waves.
Australia’s best surfers are currently competing in the International Surfers Association (ISA) World Surfing Games which are being held in Miyazaki in Japan to determine who will qualify for Tokyo 2020. Our team of three men and three women are presented by Ryan Callinan, Owen Wright, Julian Wilson, Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons and Nikki Van Dijk. The top two women and men from each competing continents Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania will be selected to qualify through to the Olympics.
Australia has provided the perfect training ground for our athletes to prepare for this historic first competition and is an exciting time as they exhibit their talents to the rest of the world. Australia’s highest ranked surfer in the world, Sally Fitzgibbons, has expressed her excitement and fighting determination as she competes at the ISA World Surfing Games 2019. “To come together as Aussies and really have that intention of being there for each other and our country is powerful,” Fitzgibbons expresses. Fitzgibbons believes the World Surfing Games is a fantastic experience to prepare for the main event in Tokyo and will set them up for success, as she states “I think the rehearsal vibe for what an Olympic Games would be like and the energy at this year’s ISA World Games is going to be perfect to continue to build the performance culture within Team Australia”.
This spectacular event will draw in the attention from all over the world, who will view Australia’s strongest athletes – who are spreading a much more powerful impression to their audiences. Sally Fitzgibbons is not only a world class surfer at the top of her game, but an ambassador for young people to educate and encourage healthy and active lifestyles. Fitzgibbons has developed a mission to ‘Connect, Inspire and Energise’ the next generation through her foundation, the Sally Fitzgibbons Foundation. Fitzgibbons participation in this globally watched event will aid her efforts to spread a very important message. This exposure will be excellent for our female surfers who are set to bring home gold, with Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons, World Surfing League Champions and set the standard for the next generation of our female surfers with an exciting future in competition.
We cannot wait to see our strongest ever team take to the stage and deliver a sport we are best known for. The International Surfers Association (ISA) World Surfing Games commenced September 7th and will close September 15th. Keep up to date with all the live action here: https://bit.ly/2lLbagD
Surfing Australia, Culture Trip, Beach Grit, The Australian, Olympics.com, Community Sally Fitzgibbons, The Daily Telegraph.