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Get Your Skate On

Meet our skateboarding ambassadors and give skating a try yourself.

Skateboarding has evolved from just a fun pastime to now an Olympic-level sport enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities all over the world.

Skateboarding can be a full-body workout that allows you to move your feet and legs, while using your arms to help balance as you’re twisting your body. There are so many benefits to giving skateboarding a go including developing new skills, improving your balance, getting active outdoors, and you can even make a bunch of new friends too.

‘Get Your Move On’ campaign ambassador, pro-skater Renton Millar has four key tips to help get you onto a skateboard:

  1. Find the right board for what you want to do: there are boards that are better suited for different things such as downhill skateboarding or different surfaces. If you’re just starting out, research different types of skateboards and try asking for advice at a local skateboard shop.
  2. Start out on smooth concrete surfaces: places like parks, footpaths or basketball courts are a great way to figure your way around a skateboard and build your confidence. Try using this handy mapExternal Link to find heaps of perfect local sites near you.
  3. Safety first: Set yourself up with knee and elbow pads, wrist guards and a helmet to minimise any impacts of minor falls.
  4. Take it step by step: find your feet rolling and turning first. When you’re comfortable, visit a skatepark during quiet times to have a go at small ramps.

Keen to try skateboarding? Start here!

Meet our Get Your Move On skateboarding ambassadors

Charlotte Heath

Charlotte Heath and skateboarding have been inseparable since she was 8 years old. She’s urging other young Victorians to get active and try something new, like skateboarding.

As a Get Your Move On campaign ambassador, she’s sharing her story to encourage other Victorian school-aged kids to get their move on too.

When Charlotte was growing up in Mornington, she used to feel intimidated being one of the only girls on the skate park. But participating in the sport led her to make great friends, gain newfound confidence and develop a positive mindset.

Charlotte says she fell in love with skateboarding straight away, even while being intimidated by the challenges of being in a male-dominated environment and sport.

I want to tell other young girls who might be worried about starting out to just go for it. Focus on yourself and all the fun you’re having. Sometimes I like to listen to music to help block out any worries I might have.

I love the feeling when I’m skateboarding, and the adrenaline I get from it. It’s so exciting when I learn something for the first time and push myself to land a new trick.

Having started skateboarding as a hobby, never in her wildest dreams did Charlotte think it would take her to such heights, fame and popularity. Charlotte travelled to the United States to compete in the hope of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Unfortunately Charlotte was unable to compete due to COVID-19, however, she’s now highly motivated to represent Australia in skateboarding at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Renton Millar

Melbourne local and pro-skateboarder Renton Millar is a former World Cup Vert Champion and has been skateboarding since he was 11-years-old.

It’s his passion, his hobby and his job. To Renton, it’s more than a sport – it’s an art that’s kept him physically, socially and mentally healthy for 35 years.

After travelling all corners of the world throughout his 15-year professional career, Renton is committed to sharing his talents with the next generation of Victorian skateboarders.

Skateboarding has been the single most influential thing that's ever happened in my life. It's so satisfying for me to be able to share my passion with kids and teens.

Teaching skateboarding and seeing the smiles it puts on kids’ faces is a continuation of my life’s work and I couldn’t think of anything more rewarding.

Knowing I’m sharing skills that will help young people with many aspects of life, to the point where skateboarding becomes their own passion, is hugely gratifying.

Renton is encouraging Victorian kids to get active as a Get Your Move On campaign ambassador.

Skateboarding is a huge release of endorphins that has lasting effects on young people’s mental health. For many, it’s an escape and an opportunity to leave any pressures behind you once you’re skating.

I taught my own kids – now aged 8-and 10-years-old – to skateboard from when they could stand up. We love to skateboard together and often do so together as a family.

Ultimately, skateboarding is play-based. Kids can pick it up and see where it takes them. There’s no right or wrong way of doing it. It’s just fun and easy-going, which is why so many kids love it.

Reviewed 07 December 2022

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