sport news The Sky's the limit for skateboarding after Olympic debut in Tokyo

sport news The Sky's the limit for skateboarding after Olympic debut in Tokyo
sport news The Sky's the limit for skateboarding after Olympic debut in Tokyo
The Sky's the limit for skateboarding after Olympic debut in Tokyo: Britain's 13-year-old star Brown is driving the new craze, with skateparks more buzzing than ever before

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As the Sky Brown effect sweeping across swathes of the UK’s skateparks is brought up, former leading UK skateboarder Lucy Adams grins.

She’s been there, got the T-shirt. Skateparks were never really seen as places for girls. Adams would rock up to the parks in her youth — sometimes as the only female — and ignore the doubters. In adulthood, her ambition is to ensure the next generation of girls wouldn’t face the same obstacles and she started putting on female-only sessions in Brighton at her She Shredders club.

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Now the 37-year-old is keen to capitalise on a breakthrough Olympics for the sport headed by a 13-year-old who splits her time between California and Tokyo. ‘There has been a phenomenal reception to Sky Brown,’ she tells Sportsmail. ‘She and (fellow Brit) Bombette Martin have had a phenomenal impact. Both have been over here competing in our nationals and they sparked some real interest. Sky did a girls’ night here at Graystone skatepark and it was packed to the rafters with different girls of all ages, and boys. We’ve heard from shops that they sold more set-ups and safety equipment, helmets and pads to women and girls than ever before.

The Sky Brown effect is in full flow, with 13-year-old sparking huge interest in skateboarding

The Sky Brown effect is in full flow, with 13-year-old sparking huge interest in skateboarding

‘I’m working with a skatepark in Nottingham and they had some data — in one of the age group sessions, around 10-14 more girls come than boys. I thought, “All right, cool”.

‘I was around that day and went to the session — it was dominated by 12 to 14-year-old girls. We are definitely seeing that Sky Brown effect. Some of them even say we have seen Sky and we want to be like Sky.’

Brown became Team GB’s youngest-ever summer medallist when she won

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