Teenage skateboarding sensation Sky Brown saddened by plight of Afghan girls, saying “girls can do everything boys can do but even better” – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
(CNN) – Sky Brown became Britain’s youngest Olympic medalist this summer – now she wants to encourage young girls around the world to find their own success.
The 13-year-old skater won bronze in the Tokyo Women’s Park Final, but as she recalls those happy memories, Brown is also troubled by many stories about the women in the sport that have emerged from Afghanistan. since the Taliban took control.
Senior and youth members of women’s football teams have been evacuated, with a Taliban official saying Afghan women would not be allowed to participate in sports where they are “exposed”.
“It’s so sad for me,” Brown told CNN Sport when asked about his work with nonprofit Skateistan.
“I can’t imagine why girls can’t have fun too. We can do anything the boys can do, but why can’t we have some fun? It’s really sad for me and I really want to help them.
Targeting children in areas where they have limited access to sport and education, Skateistan merges skateboarding with “creative arts-based education” to “empower children to become leaders for a better world” , according to the organization’s website.
With a focus on girls, children with disabilities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds, Skateistan has teamed up with UK teenage skateboarder and board maker Almost – designing a range of unique brown-inspired skateboards for sale , with 20% of revenue. go straight to Skateistan.
According to their website, Skateistan mainly focuses on efforts in Cambodia, South Africa and Jordan, but has carried out several projects in Afghanistan and has a skate school in Kabul.
“I want to show the world that girls can do anything,” added Brown, who has worked with Skateistan since 2017. “Girls can do anything boys can do, but even better, and I feel like sport teaches us confidence and independence.
“I hope to do a lot more in Cambodia and Afghanistan, even in England, everywhere. “
For Brown, skateboarding is the perfect way to express yourself, especially since age is not a barrier to participation. Having first picked up a board as a toddler, the 13-year-old loves the atmosphere of the sport.
“Skateboarding is like a big family. Skateboarding is beautiful, ”said Brown.
“There is no age, you just have to go out and go. Enjoy. Enjoy because you love it, take baby steps.
“Even though you’re super old like even 80 – there are people skating in Japan that I know are 80 and even Tony Hawk – he’s 50 and he’s still tearing it up,” added Brown, referring to the legendary American skateboarder.
Skating quickly on the implication that 50 is old – for Hawk’s sake more than for anyone – Brown also shed light on his remarkable experience in Tokyo.
After making mistakes on her first two runs, Brown pulled off an Indy kickflip en route to a final flawless run that saw 15-year-old Japanese skater Misugu Okamoto to a historic bronze medal.
The gold medalist was Okamoto’s compatriot Sakura Yosozumi, who Brown says is now one of her “best friends” after the Japanese skateboarder played a central role in the Briton’s recovery before the final round. .
“She [Sakura] is the one that really made me feel like I actually got it, ”Brown said.
“She was giving me a hug and said, ‘Look me in the eye… Heaven, you get that. We believe in you, we know you’re going to get it, stick it. And yes, she m just made you want to stick it so badly.
Brown is also an avid surfer who dreams of competing in the Paris Olympics in 2024, although the youngster’s hopes of competing in two events may be complicated by the fact that the surf event is expected to take place over 9,000 miles away. from Tahiti.
“I love surfing, it’s like skateboarding to me,” said Brown.
“Tahiti looks really nice, I’ve never been there. The thing is in Paris, I really hope to do both. I will do my best, do all I can to do both, ”she added.
His younger brother, Ocean, follows in his sister’s footsteps and is a talented skateboarder and surfer.
“I’m not going to lie, it is [Ocean] it’s getting pretty good, ”said Brown.
“He’s going little by little and it’s so cool to see my brother improve, but I’m very competitive with him so I’m going to try to be better anyway.
“It would be very sad if he got ahead of me!”
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