Vancouver Island skateboarder headed to Olympics with Canada’s first national skateboard team


A Vancouver Island skateboarder is among 12 athletes chosen to be on Canada’s first national skateboard team when the sport makes its debut in the Summer Olympic Games. Courtenay’s Shay Sandiford is one of eight skateboarders who will be representing Canada in the country’s street skateboarding division. Sandiford, 23, is originally from Courtenay and currently lives in Los Angeles, Calif. His previous professional skateboarding work includes sponsorships from Adidas, Diamond Supply Co., Onethirtythree Skate Shop, Plan B Skateboards and more. He joins five other British Columbia skateboarders on Canada’s 12-person national team. “On behalf of the selected skaters, it is an honor to make it onto Canada’s first ever National Skateboard Team,” said Annie Guglia, national team athlete representative in a statement on Feb. 26.

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