Ethan Copeland standing with his skateboard in a skate park in Woden.

13 January 2020

Meet Ethan Copeland, the 14-year-old skateboarder and adrenaline junkie from Canberra working with the ACT Academy of Sport to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, as Skateboarding makes its debut into the Olympic Games.

Ethan is currently ranked at 37th in the world for Skateboarding, travelling to China, USA and Brazil in 2019 to compete while balancing his year 9 school commitments at Alfred Deakin High School.

He’ll compete in a second season of international competitions this year, before he finds out if he makes  it to the Olympics, being held in Tokyo from 24 July to 9 August 2020.

Ethan received a scholarship through the ACT Academy of Sport’s Individual Athlete Program to July 2020. Accessing strength and conditioning, psychology, nutrition, Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement, sport science, sports medicine and financial support to aid his ongoing development and preparation for the games.

We sat down with Ethan to find out why he loves to skate and what it would mean to him to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

How long have you been skating for?

I’ve been skating for about seven years.

What do you like most about skating?

I get to be creative with my board and I like the feeling of going fast and hanging on.

Do you have a pre-competition ritual?

I usually like to listen to some hype up music like some Travis Scott or just anything that gets me hyped and excited.

What’s your favourite meal to eat the night before a competition?

Any Italian food is good like pasta or pizza because it tastes good and it’s got carbs in it.

What do you love about Canberra?

I was born in Canberra and we’ve got great skate parks and we’ve got good mountain biking and we’re close to the snow and the surf so it’s just a great spot and a good place to live.

Who’s your favourite Canberra sporting team or person?

I really only follow AFL and I go for Geelong but I have a soft spot for GWS, I think they’re a great team.

What would it mean to you to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?

It would mean a lot. It would be a very fun experience and it would be cool to represent Australia.

How has the ACT Academy of Sport helped you?

They’ve helped me a lot in every single way. I’ve done a lot with the psychologist and spent a lot of time in the gym and it’s really helped with my performance.

You can follow Ethan on his journey to Tokyo 2020 through his Instagram page at: @ethan.copeland05

Find out more about other athletes supported by the ACT Academy of Sport at: sport.act.gov.au/act-academy-of-sport

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