IAS athlete profile: Kieran Woolley

Pocket rocket: 2017 BlueScopeWIN LoneStar Athlete of the Year Kieran Woolley may be small in stature but he's big on talent. Photo: Josh Brightman – Balanced Image Studio

Pocket rocket: 2017 BlueScopeWIN LoneStar Athlete of the Year Kieran Woolley may be small in stature but he's big on talent. Photo: Josh Brightman – Balanced Image Studio

Kieran Woolley

IAS 2017 BlueScopeWIN LoneStar Athlete of the Year

Kieran is a 13-year-old nationally ranked skateboarder who has a huge future in the sport.

Kieran has been skating from an early age in between his surfing.

His dad built him a half pipe in the backyard when he was 10 years old, and from then skating took over. Kieran says he now lives for skating.

Competing in both the under 16’s and Open divisions throughout 2017, Kieran has had some outstanding results.

In 2017 Kieran was crowned Australian Junior Bowlriding Champion, the peak and most competitive Australian skateboarding title, which he ranks as his greatest achievement to date in his sporting career.

In the under 16s, Kieran has won King on Concrete St Kilda, King on Concrete Newcastle, and the Skate Park League NSW Finals.

He then went on to finish 3rd at the Skate Park League National finals.

In the open division, he won Karnage at Kurnell and Wolves of Street Wollongong and finished 6th at the Vans Continental Cup Global Series.

These results have seen Kieran gain selection into the Australian Skateboarding Federation Olympic Training Squad to attend three camps a year which are funded by the Australian Olympic Committee and designed to support athletes with the potential to medal in the 2020 Olympics.

It is no surprise that Kieran’s favourite subject at school is Physical Education but he is excited to be extending his subjects in year 9 to include woodwork and photo and digital media.

Kieran is already a budding video producer collaborating on a number of skateboarding videos both in front of and behind the camera lens.  

When asked to describe himself in one sentence Kieran said: “A never-ending ball of energy that is always up for a challenge”.

Those who know Kieran or have met the Shellharbour pocket rocket are left in awe of his energy, commitment and dedication to everything he puts his mind too.

When asked to describe himself in one sentence Kieran said: “A never-ending ball of energy that is always up for a challenge”

There is no doubt this is only the start of a very long and successful career for this athlete and Kieran Woolley is a name we will be hearing a lot more of in the future.

Established in 1985 and the pioneer for the regional Academy model in Australian sport, the Illawarra Academy of Sport is a not-for-profit sporting organisation that exists to provide localised training and education opportunities for talented young athletes, coaches and administrators across the Illawarra region.

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