March 24, 2014
Young skateboarders from all around Kuala Lumpur flocked to Mont Kiara Skate Park to hang out with the greatest of them all – the incomparable Tony Hawk.
Laureus World Sports Academy Member Hawk is a skateboard legend with a massive worldwide following and his visit to Mont Kiara for a Laureus skateboard clinic, ahead of the Laureus World Sports Awards on March 26, was a dream come true for the teenagers involved.
The success of the event and the enthusiasm of the young urban skateboarders highlighted the inspirational work of Laureus Ambassadors in using sport to inspire people.
Tony Hawk did some demonstration tricks, shared tips and took part in a motivational discussion. He said: “It was fun to meet the guys and talk with them. We got to know each other and shared skating tips. This is the real heart of Laureus; we’re not only in Malaysia just for the Laureus Awards Ceremony, we want to get out and encourage youth to be active just like I did at Kiara. I am hoping they are inspired to get their friends involved and inspire others in the process.”
To put on the clinic, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation teamed up with the Malaysian Extreme Sports Association (MESA), which is the governing body for action sports in Malaysia and which is dedicated to the growth, progression, unity and expansion of sports such as skateboarding in the country.
Located in Bukit Kiara, the youth sports centre caters to extreme sports enthusiasts with an X-Game park and wall-climbing facilities. It is the first and only covered X Game park in Kuala Lumpur and was used for the Asian Extreme Sports Championship last year which had world class athletes from 19 countries taking part.