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TEDx Talk | Poppy Starr Olsen: The blurred lines of art and skateboarding

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Skateboarding can not exist without art. Skateboarding, like art, encourages freedom of expression and individuality.
14 year old world champion Poppy Starr Olsen, talks about the creative force between skateboarding and art and the lines skaters create both on and off their boards.

Poppy Starr was 8 when her love of skateboarding began. Being the sole girl at her local skate park she was determined to achieve two things. Firstly, to encourage and inspire more girls to skate and secondly, to become one of the best skaters in the world.

Many challenges lay ahead. Apart from hard work and injuries, the biggest hurdle, was being able to finance trips to compete internationally. In 2011, Poppy started her own company and began selling her artworks, gift cards and jewellery designs in order to fund trips to World Cup events. Since then, Poppy has been invited to speak at various business conventions including Google ‘Women in Business’ and The Unconvention for Young Entrepreneurs. As a result, Poppy has become a leading role model for Women’s skateboarding.

Poppy has also completed several commissions from Waverley Council including painting signal boxes and is currently involved in a mural project at Bondi Skate Park. In July 2013, Poppy won her first World Cup title in Girl’s 14&U division. This year she has won another two World Cups giving her a current No 1 ranking with the World Cup of Skateboarding. A huge highlight this year was touring with one of the world’s best skaters, Tony Hawk, giving demos at the Australian F1 Grand Prix in Melbourne.

Poppy is an advocate for skateboarding to be an Olympic sport and has campaigned the Australian Sports Commission for Skateboarding to have its own National Governing Organisation. Poppy has been featured on the ABC3 ‘3 Factor’, Rush TV, Ch 9 ‘Today’, Ch7 ‘Sunrise’ and was named one of Dolly magazine’s All Stars for 2013. This year Poppy won the Waverley U18 Art Prize and was runner up in the Chroma NSW School Art competition.

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