Gearing up for the World Roller Games 2019
The Montjuïc Olympic Ring once again becomes the epicentre for world sport from 4 to 14 July when it plays host to the second edition of the World Roller Games, the biggest international roller sports event on the planet, bringing over 4,000 athletes from 81 countriesto Barcelona.
The eleven-day competition includes the World Roller and Skateboarding Championships in 11 different disciplines: Alpine, Artístic, Roller Freestyle, Downhill, Inline Freestyle, Inline Hockey, Rink Hockey, Roller Derby, Scooter, Skateboarding and Speed.
The programme for this major international event is being held at iconic city venues such as the Palau Sant Jordi, the Olympic Ring, the seafront, the Palau Blaugrana and even along the entire length of Av. Diagonal and Passeig de Gràcia. The WRG2019 also has four other venues around the province of Barcelona: Vilanova i la Geltrú, Mollet del Vallès, Sant Cugat del Vallès and Terrassa.
The Montjuïc Olympic Ring will be the main venue for much of the calendar, with the World Championships in the Palau Sant Jordi, in the Parc de Montjuïc, the Sant Jordi Club, INEFC, and the esplanade. The CEM Mar Bella, the CEM Horta and the Palau Blaugrana will be hosting the inline hockey competition, with roller competitions in other urban venues such as the seafront, Av. Reina Maria Cristina, Av. Diagonal and Passeig de Gràcia, where highlights include the marathon and the 100-metre speed sprint.
The competition enjoys the backing of World Skate, as well as collaboration from Barcelona City Council, the Royal Spanish Skating Federation, the Catalan Skating Federation, the Government of Catalonia, the Higher Sports Council and Barcelona City Council.
Facilities inside the Palau Sant Jordi
The Palau Sant Jordi is one of the main centres for the WRG2019. The Skateboarding, Scooter, Artistic and Roller Freestyle events will be held there.
A facility of 1,200 square metres has been set up for the Park competition category, with a fast flowing design using a combination of aerial modules, grind modules, spines, funboxes, large quarters and round railings. The Street category will use a facility of 1,000 square metres, based around a varied circuit of rails, hubbas and gaps. The bidirectionality of the two sides of the circuit is also a notable feature, enabling the athletes to show off their best stunts right in front of the audience.
Stars at the competition
In the case of Roller Freestyle, one of the most spectacular disciplines, notable competitors include Japan’s Yuto Goto, Takeshi Tasutoko and Chihiro Azuma, the reigning women’s champion from the World Cup 2018. Lithuania’s Nils Jansons and Liene Nulle will also be competing, as will Australia’s CJ Wellsmore, Britain’s Joe Atkinson, Spain’s Mery Muñoz and France’s Manon Darrien.
In the Scooter discipline, in the Park category, the triple world champion Jordan Clark will be competing, along with other top figures such as Dante Hutchinson, Dylan Morrison, Jonmarco Gaydos and Cody Flom. In the Street category, the names to follow are Juzzy Carter, Jonathan Perroni, Didine Terchague, Lucas Di Meglio and Jake Sorensen, and Spain’s Luis Barris and Pol Román.
‘Rollerland’, the recreational section at the Olympic Esplanade
During the World Roller Games 2019, the city of Barcelona will also be offering RollerLand, a specific section in the Olympic Esplanade, next to the Palau Sant Jordi and the Olympic Stadium. This recreational area offers a broad array of activities for spectators and participating athletes, the goal being to transmit and inspire a passion for roller sports and to bring together its community.