Paul O, Olympics, Norwich University discussed on Physical Activity Researcher
Philosophy at norwich university and paul o'connor theology and anthropology at the university of exeter together and individually. They've both contributed some very exciting scholarship on skateboarding as well as a reason paper on this topic of olympics and skateboarding. So i'm very much looking forward to this conversation. And welcome to the podcast. Brian and paul and thank you so much finding the time for his chat for having us. Wonderful as i said. I'm really delighted. And i feel that the topic and these questions that you're exploring. They are really spot on for our podcast than the topics we had. Before for example in terms of lifestyle sport and we'd seen a hobo larssen. We talked about park war and whether that should be olympic sport or not then how people who practice this activity are quite divided in their opinions. And from your writing. I can save people in skateboarding. Also have some conflicted feelings about the olympics skateboarding and whether those go together not so. I really look forward to hearing your thoughts on that but i i would like to hear about your personal background. I know that you both heavily invested in skateboarding as practitioners yourself. And maybe brian will start off with this land. I think my first board was a power. Protons lance mountain pinch. I think i was twelve and it was I can still smell it. I mean it's it's it's like Any time. I wanna feel like a kid. I just smell a brand new skateboard. And i i think in many ways it represents this kind of sense of youth and energy and Boundless creativity and i think we still see that in skateboarding in and we worry. I mean as skateboarders that the olympics is going to to kind of curtail some of that creativity and You know streamline it into some kind of commercial product or sport but before we get into these worries. I want to hear when paul started skating shoe while like you. Brian might i would. I had a couple of real budget. Bad boards were my. My first proper. Board was powell. Peralta was ray bobby. Read up you pro board. And and i've been saving my money for this board and finishing it for such a long time. That again like you in my mind. This first board is like a magical item. It seems you know so important such landmark and you know all of that excitement as a young kid in wanting to be able to do the best kind of trixie compulsively do on this. Proper board is hugely important. So i was eleven years old when i began skateboarding. And i i just was incredibly meaningful from the stop and sense of community sense of identity. Something i could do and actually not have the pressure of competing or getting the right kind of schools doing it. My way was really important for me as a kid. And and i think actually gave me my first real sort of work ethic confetti lazy kid until skateboarding came along. I think anyway. Tula me. And i think that gave me the skills to actually succeed some you know studios and and get involved in doing academic work and that that's a different kind of story but Research took me into other interests looking at religion looking looking at ethnicity. Did my in australia university queensland studying muslim youth in hong kong lived in wellington hong kong prolonged time and then got Laid with always looking outside of myself and i. I wanted to start researching skateboarding and I thought it would be easy because it's closer to home is more personal but you know that that wasn't the case. It's actually really quite difficult. Researching something that so meaningful to you so important to you and that led me down this path of looking at my peers. Older guys who spent live skateboarding as well and trying to work out..