The Action Sports arena has been predominately a male driven sport over the last 10 years however, that is slowly changing with more and more young girls showing up at skate parks and absolutely shredding the concrete.
As part of developing equal opportunity for women, the Mandurah Mazda Action Sports Games presented by Drug Aware will introduce a professional women’s division in wakeboarding and skateboarding.
This is the first-time females will be back on the water in Mandurah since the IWWF World Cup in 2015 and this year’s event will offer equal prize money for both men and women.
Professional female wakeboard competitor Mackenzie McCarthy said it was great to see a women’s division included this year.
“It is so good to see Mandurah Action Sports Games including a women’s division this year, in conjunction with Wakeboard Australia and WA Wakeboarding recognising the value of equal prize money in both the men’s and women’s divisions,” she said.
The event which will be held on April 10 and 11 also has a newly created women’s division in the skateboard, scooter and BMX competition.
Event director Tim Thirsk said it was about time women were given the same opportunity in competitions.
“I have always been a big fan of women in sports and over the last couple of years have seen quite a few girls taking part in training camps in both wakeboarding, skateboarding, scooter riding and BMX so its about time we created the opportunity for girls to compete in a division that they feel safe, comfortable and included,” he said.
“I can’t wait to see the ladies take to the water and the skate park and showcase their respective talents.”
The Mandurah Mazda Action Sports Games presented by Drug Aware willcombine wakeboarding, freestyle motocross, skateboarding, BMX and scooter events into an action-packed weekend of extreme sports along with an array of international foods.
On Saturday April 10, the new world class Mandurah Skate Park will host a major Headspaceskateboard and scooter competition with hundreds of competitors from all over WA to compete for over $5000 in cash and prizes.
Plus, there will be some Australia’s best Freestyle Motocross riders such as Brayden Davies putting on an aerial display.
On Sunday April 11, the Nautique West wakeboarding competition will be held on Mandjar Bay and with both men and women competing for equal prize money it is going to be an exciting day on the water.
The Action Sports Games is a free event. To find out more visit, www.actionsportsgames.com.au