Dunsborough skater qualifies for Australian Skateboarding League final

Dunsborough skateboarder Claudia Duane qualifies for the Australian Skateboarding League National Street Championships.
Dunsborough skateboarder Claudia Duane qualifies for the Australian Skateboarding League National Street Championships.

Dunsborough skateboarder Claudia Duane is about to make her way across the country to compete in the Australian Skateboarding League final.

It will be the second time the 16-year old Cape Naturaliste College student competes in the National Street Championship and the only girl from WA to qualify.

"Last year I competed on the Central Coast, there were only 10 girls from around Australia in the competition and I was the only one from WA," she said.

Ms Duane qualified for the event at a competition held in Wanneroo earlier this year where she was invited to the national championships in Melbourne.

"I started competing in Soggy Bones, there were no other comps down here that I could enter, then Soggy Bones had a bowl comp in Dunsborough," she said.

"The first time I competed I hadn't planned on entering because they didn't have a girls' division it was just mixed and you had to skate against the guys.

"I thought I was going to come last but I finished in the top six so I kept doing comps and was skating bowls, then I started skating street [style] it is a lot more fun and creative.

"Skateboarding WA run street competitions in Perth almost every weekend, I compete in those all the time which helps with my confidence and skills."

Ms Duane took up the sport five years ago and will be competing against some of her "idols" at the national event.

"It is so nerve wracking, I look up to some of them," she said.

"Some of the people I will verse are sponsored by Nike and Vans, these massive companies."

Skateboarding makes its Olympic debut at Tokyo this year, seeing Ms Duane compete against future Olympians who were selected to represent Australia.

"Three of the skaters I will verse are going to the Olympics, the competition I am entering gives ranking points to the Olympics overall," she said.

The National Street Championship takes place from March 6 to 7 at Riverslide Skate Park in Melbourne.