Three Arizona natives made the 2022 National Team for skateboarding, announced on April 12. Jagger Eaton, Dashawn Jordan, and Paige Heyn all grew up skateboarding in the Valley and will now represent Arizona and the United States throughout the remainder of 2022.
Jagger Eaton is a household name for skateboarding fans worldwide and is the only Arizonan that previously made the team. Jagger earned a bronze medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the year skateboarding made its debut in the Olympic Games.
Dashawn Jordan also returns to the National Team for the remainder of the year.
From Tempe, AZ, Paige Heyn joins the team as the youngest member. Paige has been working towards this goal of making it to the Olympics for several years, entering in competitions across the world to qualify for the team. While COVID hindered many athletes from processing in their sports, it did the opposite for Paige. When the pandemic forced her to take classes remotely she realized it provided a lot more time for skating.
“I was missing school all the time for competitions anyways,” Paige said.
Now Paige takes her eighth-grade courses online through Primavera which allows her to spend the majority of her day focussing on skateboarding. Paige grew up skating primarily at KTR in Chandler and at local skateparks. It was at KTR that she met Jagger Eaton, who soon became a role model to her.
“He’s a switch skater like me,” Paige said. “It’s crazy. I’m really excited though, he’s really an inspiration.”
Paige will continue to skate in competitions across the country and the world to solidify her spot on the National Team. Right now Paige is looking forward to the Dew Tour taking place this summer in Des Moines, Iowa.
Sports360AZ will be capturing Paige’s road to the Olympics in a documentary as she continues to train in the Valley.