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Veteran snowboarder Shaun White in action at the Beijing Winter Olympics. GettyImages

Old gold: how action sports athletes are challenging age stereotypes and redefining lifelong physical activity

As the Winter Olympics are showing, the unique cultures of action sports seem to support long careers among the top athletes – something other sports and society in general could learn from.
Peter Thomas of the Winnipeg Art Gallery (left), Marcel Dionne of Roarockit (centre) and Jaimie Isaac, curator for Indigenous/Contemporary at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (right), are seen building a skateboard using a do-it-yourself kit in this 2017 photo. Art and design schools should reward those who actually build and create more than they do design theorists. (Author provided)

Art and design schools must cultivate creators, not theorists

Even as our world goes digital, there will always be an appetite for craftsmanship, for art and for the work only human hands can truly bring to life. Art and design schools should celebrate creators.
Skateboarding is an increasingly popular activity. A man skateboards in Moscow. Maxim Shemetov

Skateboarding is good for you – and good for public places

Skateboarders are being driven from Melbourne’s Lincoln Square after community complaints. But skaters are citizens too, and with obesity on the rise, their activities should be encouraged.
The IOC is seeking to address the problem of an ageing audience with the inclusion of more youth-focused action sports in the Olympics. FISE

Why are the Olympics in search of the X-factor?

The Japanese Olympic Committee recently announced five new sports for possible inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics: baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing.

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