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 affiliated State Skating Associations.
Skate Australia brings 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.
Karen Doyle is very familiar to Skate Australia members, having been a member for the past 40 years. Karen, (initially as a speed competitor with the former Australian Federation of Amateur Roller Skating) is a Speed Official – Referee, recognised at State, National and Internationally by the Comite International de Course (CIC) with a Judges Commission and is current Chair of the Skate Australia Commissioned Speed Officials Committee. Since July 2015, Karen Doyle has been active in all aspects of Skate Australia Inc operations for all disciplines.
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.
Vivian is a senior executive with a professional background in technology services and business management. Her involvement in skating began with her 3 children playing in their local in-house league, progressing to club, state, national & international competitions. Having experience as a local club executive, she understand grass roots development and with coach & official accreditations has an all-round understanding of the many aspects of the sport.
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.
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.
Dr Wallace has a long history of service to Skate Australia: Internationally • Chairman of FIRS Anti-Doping Committee • FIRS Commissioner for Oceania Confederation • CIPA International Artistic Official • Australian Delegate to both FIRS and CIPA 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 since 2006 • President of Skate Australia since 2009. Dr Wallace remains as Chairman of FIRS Anti-Doping Committee, FIRS Commissioner for Oceania Confederation, CIPA International ‘AR’ Artistic Official and Australian Delegate to the CIPA Congress (as required)