How I Started
I was always a fan of extreme sports, before picking up a scooter for the first time, I enjoyed downhill mountain biking as my dad was an avid mountain biking fan. I started riding a scooter at the age of nine. It was when I watched a video on YouTube of someone doing a backflip on a scooter and I thought “wow, that was really cool”. I then ran downstairs and I asked my mum if I could get a scooter as it was my birthday the next week, she said yes. Within six months I landed my first backflip and 11 years later I’m the UK champion and can even land a triple backflip! When I started I knew this would be a long, hard road to be the best and here I am 11 years later still progressing and wanting to be world champion.
My Greatest Achievement
One of my greatest achievements is becoming a European and UK champion in the same year. Becoming the best in the UK has always been a dream of mine. Furthermore, becoming the European champion just topped it all off. The feeling of winning and hearing your name being called out is awe-inspiring. It took blood sweat and tears to get to where I am today, but pushing past all of that and getting up in the morning determined to become better each day will help you not just in your sport but in life.
My Greatest Challenge
My greatest challenge was landing the first triple backflip to wood, this was honestly the scariest thing I’ve ever done. I could perform it into a foam pit and land it very easily, but the thought of sending it on a ramp didn’t seem possible in my head. Until one day when I woke up after having a dream of me posting to my Instagram saying I’d just landed the best trick in the world, and I knew from that morning it would be possible.
So I went down to Adrenaline Alley in Corby and looked at the biggest ramp in the park and I knew I could do it. The point of me realising that it was possible made me feel like jelly with nerves and my heart started racing. So I went to the foam pit, practised a few and at that point, I knew it was time. I had a few run-ups to it and then I tried my first one, I didn’t spin quick enough and hit my head quite harshly, but I had so much adrenaline I didn’t feel it at all! After spraining my ankle around three weeks before this, I was in quite a lot of pain, but I pushed through and used the adrenaline to my advantage. So I went back to the top of the ramp dropped in, pulled the triple but landed badly on my ankle and the pain was too much.
I only had two attempts at it that day but I knew I had to come back for more. So the next week I went back down to the skatepark, ankles feeling better and determined to land the triple backflip. So, I practised a few to foam and I knew this was it, it’s time. Going back to the ramp that I knew defeated me last time brought back all the nerves but seeing all my friends cheering and giving me confidence made me know today is the day. On the first attempt I over flipped it, the second attempt I landed it and slipped out. My heart was racing, I knew I could do it. On the third attempt, I landed and fell over. On the fourth attempt, I landed it and slipped out. Then it all came down to the fifth attempt; I dropped in, pulled as hard as I could and before I knew it I landed the triple backflip and rode away. That was the best feeling of my life! I had no words, I just started screaming and everyone jumped on me. That is one of the best moments of my life.
Another hobby I have outside of scootering is downhill mountain biking. I love going to Revolution Bike Park in Wales, riding all the jumps and having fun with all my mates while doing it. My favourite foods have to be salt and pepper chicken and salt and pepper chips, they are great as a treat! Also, homemade bacon and egg on toast, as I say, it’s heavy.
My Future goals
My future goal in my sport it’s to become the world number one. Ever since winning the UK and EU championships the main goal now is the world finals. Standing on top of that podium with the world champion medal must be the best feeling, and this year that’s what I want. Furthermore, I would love to compete in the Olympics. I know a lot of organisations are pushing for scootering to be in the Olympics, and I am doing my part on social media and in. Schools to grow the sport, so when that does come to life, be sure to be watching. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to hold an Olympic gold medal, that is my ultimate goal.