Welcome To Skate Australia

Skate Australia Inc, founded in Brisbane, Queensland in 1962, is the National Sporting Organisation for Skate Sports including Skateboarding, recognised by Sport Australia, the Australian Olympic Committee and the international federation World Skate.

Skate Australia works in partnership with its affiliated State Skating Associations to bring together the diverse and active skating disciplines of Artistic, Inline Downhill, Inline Freestyle, Inline Hockey, Inline Speed, Rink Hockey, Roller Derby, Roller Freestyle, Skateboarding Downhill and Street Luge, Skateboarding Vert and the Olympic Disciplines of Skateboarding Park and Street.

Board Members

KAREN DOYLE | President

Karen Doyle is very familiar to Skate Australia members, having been a member for the past 45 years. Karen, (initially a speed competitor with the former Australian Federation of Amateur Roller Skating) is a Speed Official – Referee, recognised at State, National and Internationally by World Skate Speed Technical Committee with an International Judges Commission. Karen is the current Chair of the Skate Australia Commissioned Speed Officials Committee and since joining the Skate Australia Board in March 2015, has been active in all aspects of Skate Australia Inc operations for all disciplines. Karen became President of Skate Australia Inc in April 2016. In January 2019, Karen joined the Executive Board of World Skate when she was appointed to the position of World Skate Oceania President.

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DANAE CLARK | Treasurer

Danae is CPA qualified with a commerce degree and professional experience in business management and strategic planning. Having represented Australia as a participant, she has an active interest in skating and with coaching & official accreditations also understands a range of stakeholder perspectives in the sporting system. Danae looks forward to combining her interest and relevant skills to help support the ongoing future development of skating at all levels and as a health industry professional, advocate the active and healthy lifestyle that accompanies it.

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MARK BROWN | Board Member

Mark is an experienced electrical engineer and senior business executive who has been working within the Transmission & Distribution sectors for the past 30 years. Mark’s involvement in roller sports first started as a teenager and was rekindled with two of his children taking up inline hockey and progressing to state and national representatives. Mark is an active local club member and official and is passionate about grass root sports development for all juniors.

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NICK BUSKENS | Board Member

Nick Buskens is a senior leader within YMCA movement, he has over 18 years’ experience in the Sport and Recreation and Community Development Sectors. Nick has been skateboarding for over 26 years and is the architect behind the Australian Skate Park and Skateboarding leagues. As a passionate skateboarder Nick has been involved in setting up and running Skateboarding associations in Australia and Europe. he has also worked with YMCA’s in Australia, USA and Hong Kong to deliver competitions, training camps for Action sports athletes and young people.

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Board Advisor

Dr Patricia Wallace

Dr Wallace has a long history of service to Skate Australia: Internationally • Chairman of World Skate Anti-Doping Committee • World Skate Artistic Technical Committee International Official • Australian Delegate to both World Skate and World Skate Artistic Technical Committee Congress for many years • Significant Team Management experience for a variety of Australian Teams Nationally • Chair of Commissioned Artistic Officials Committee since 1993 • Chair of various committees at State level including WA Artistic and WA Commissioned Artistic Officials Committees • Chair of Sports Medicine Committee Governance • Member of Skate Australia Board 2006-2016 • President of Skate Australia 2009-2016. Dr Wallace remains as Chairman of the World Skate Anti-Doping Committee, World Skate Artistic Technical Committee International ‘AR’ Artistic Official.

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