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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JOHN LANE | Treasurer

John Lane has recently joined Skate Australia after Danae Clark’s resignation created a one-year Casual Vacancy for the role of Skate Australia Treasurer. John is based on the Gold Coast and was previously of service to the SA Board in 2015 & 2016. John served as a member of the original management committee of AFARS (Australian Federation of Amateur Roller Skaters) founded in 1962. He was on the organizing committee assisting in running the two World Artistic Roller Skating Championships that were held on the Gold Coast in 1999 and 2007. John has a long-standing association with Artistic Skating and remains an active coach after being chairperson of the Queensland Accredited Artistic Coaches Committee for 25 years delivering accreditation programs throughout Queensland during that time. John also is an active artistic official officiating at State and National championships for many years. John has spent over 40 years in management positions for various entities such as retail, aged care and education developing policy and procedure manuals and It systems up until his retirement.

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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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KATHRYN DAVIES | Board Member

Kathryn Davies is a Consultant with mid to large size organisations nationally and joins Skate Australia with more than 20 years’ experience in the Financial Services Industry. Kathryn has held roles spanning business banking, risk, coaching and people development. She is a Fellow of FINSIA, Signatory of the Banking and Finance Oath, holds a Master’s in Business Administration and is an accredited Organisational Coach. Kathryn brings a proven track record of success for delivering large-scale effective development strategies with a ‘hands-on’ approach to governance, finance, transformation, and improving organisational results. Currently residing in Melbourne, Kathryn is originally from North Queensland. She has lived, worked and remained connected in many locations in regional and metropolitan Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria.

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ALEISHA HURLEY | Board Member

Aleisha Hurley, based in Brisbane, runs her own Sports Health business. She has a long association with Skate Australia commencing in 2012 when she travelled with the Australian Roller Hockey Team to the Asian Games in Hefei, China. Since that time Aleisha has played an active role taking on various positions for club, state and national committees governing Roller Hockey in Australia. Her passion for Sports Health has led her to sports training at the highest level with a deep focus on first aide, injury management and anti-doping education. Aleisha has played an active role updating guidelines, officials and coaching education, bylaws for both Skate QLD and Skate Australia Roller Hockey. Before this Aleisha has a long history of active participation and support for Indoor Sports including Netball and Cricket. Outside of sport Aleisha and her husband Bevan, enjoy spending time with her teenage son and daughter and catching up with family and friends.

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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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