Tokyo Olympics put on hold

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READY OR NOT: Hayley Wilson (pictured) during her winning run at the nationals recently.

LAST Monday, a formal announcement was made to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which were scheduled to run later this year in July and August.
The president of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach met with the Prime Minister of Japan Mori Yoshiro and expressed their concern about the COVID-19 pandemic and what it is doing to people’s lives.
They jointly announced the postponement of the games which athletes and Olympians such as Mansfield’s own skateboarding sensation, Hayley Wilson, has spent much of their career working towards.
“The Games of the XXXll Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but no later than summer 2021 to safeguard the health of the athletes, everyone involved in the Olympic Games and the international community,” Mr Yoshiro and Mr Bach said.
Hayley has had an excellent start to season two of the Olympic qualifiers, winning both the national and Oceania championships in recent times.
Because of her success, she was meant to be competing in the third Olympic qualifier in Las Vegas which was set to take place from March 27 to 29.
However, she will now not be doing so until July or August 2021, as the games have been postponed until next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hayley has been working hard since it was announced that skateboarding would make a debut at the 2020 Olympics, with her aim to represent and excel as a face for Australia.
“It would be a huge achievement if I qualified and competed in the Olympics – it’s history in the making,” the young skateboarder said.
The postponement will bring about some big changes for Hayley and all other athletes, coaches and organisations involved in the athletes’ journeys.
Hayley has been working around a program that would see her peak at the original Olympic date, so mental strengthening is something she will work on to adapt.
Like everything around the globe, sport has been put on hold until the pandemic is declared under control and it is deemed safe to return to normal life – but until then, Hayley will have no structured plans, training camps or competitions for quite some time.
Hayley has taken a very practical and positive approach, despite the pandemic coming at a time where she was preparing for a big life event.
“With everything that has been happening in the world right now it has come as no surprise to me,” she said.
“Instead of reacting to the announcement I am looking at the positives that come out of it, which are keeping everyone’s health and safety first and more time to train.”
As far as structuring a future training plan, the Victorian Institute of Sport has provided Hayley with digital personal training plans and she can access all services – from a doctor, physio and a psychologist – remotely.
But for now Hayley will be working on trick progressions on the rails and ledges she has at home in the garage in Mansfield.
History will be made when skateboarding makes its debut in the Olympics – and for just the second time in history, an Olympics event has been cancelled.
However, Hayley is aiming to be competing in these history making events.
And while she was feeling very ready in the lead up to the Olympics – fit, healthy, very strong both physically and mentally and very well prepared – she is still looking forward to hitting the skate parks and ramps across the globe once again.


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