At the shy age of 15, Poppy Starr joined the elite group of pro skaters around the world that are competing on a world stage. Now 17, Poppy is still younger than most all her competitors competing the open division and continues to out-rank many of her peers both male and female who are almost a decade older than her. Already a passionate pioneer for women skaters in Australia and voted as one of the Top 12 Most Influential Girl Skaters in the World of 2012 at the age of 13, Poppy is quickly becoming one of Australia’s greatest exports.
Poppy’s talents extend into the art community as a jewelry designer and card designer and it was the sales of her art that help fund the early stages of her competition career at the legendary Bondi Skate Park. She now has an established business with her art being sold online and in several stores across the country.
Poppy is in high demand as one of the most booked young speakers in Australia and most noted for her TED talk at the age of 14. She inspires young people to find their passion and gives great tips on being a young entrepreneur finding ways to fund her passion.
Poppy is coming off a hugely successful 2016 which saw her take out first place in her first ever Pro Competition at the Vans Combi-Classic in California. First place in the Australian Bowl-Riding Championships Open Women’s 2016, and 5th place in the Vert Attack Open Girls division Malmo, Sweden.
She now competes on the International Pro Competition circuit, which are usually dominated by men twice her age.
If 2016 was a coming of age, 2017 is set for Poppy to take control of the sport, with early results suggesting just that – 1st Place Vans Park Series Women’s Continental Championships, 1st Place Australian Bowl Riding Champs, 3rd Place WCS Vans Girls Combi Classic Women’s Pro division, 3rd Place General Pants Bowl-A-rama Women’s Pro division 2017, 3rd Place at the 2017 X-Games (making Poppy the first EVER Australian female to stand on the podium), and special invitation to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic team training program.
Poppy is also a supporter of World Vision, and in 2017 will participate on numerous international field trips, and the 40 Hour Famine backpack challenge.
Poppy is supported by VANS, Action Sports, Ride TG, Solar D, and 6 Degrees Management.