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Blackwell set for world champs

A local scooter rider is set to reach new heights in the sport after qualifying to compete against the world’s best.

Masterton teen Kadeyn Blackwell placed second in the open grade of the New Zealand championship of the Australasian Scooting Association [ASA] in Napier on January 28.

He competed with 70 other riders, who were judged on their tricks, speed, technique, and landing.

Blackwell’s placing helped him qualify for the ASA World Championship junior pros in Sydney in October.

He said getting placed in nationals was unexpected, but he’s thrilled at the prospect of competing in Sydney.

“It’ll be huge. My life goal was to compete in the Worlds.”

The 17-year-old got a taste for the sport after winning a scooter as a spot prize in a triathlon seven years ago.

He said it didn’t take long to get hooked.

“It just feels right. When I’m not scooting, I lose my mind.

“As I’ve grown up, I enjoy spinning around, doing tricks and getting high as I can.”

Blackwell’s favourite competitive scooter is Jayden Sharman, and his favourite trick is the opo-bri-kickless, which has to be seen to be believed [as well as properly understood].

OnBoard coach Piki Avery said Blackwell was a good role model for the younger skaters.

“You’ll see this young guy training morning and night.

“This is a big deal for a boy from a town like Masterton.”

Avery said the sport is becoming more popular, especially among younger riders.

“All the training they do, it helps them to better themselves.”

Fundraising efforts have already started for Blackwell’s trip to the world competition, including a Givealittle page, and the Onboard coaches have invited potential sponsors to come and see Blackwell’s best tricks at the Masterton skatepark.

Helen Holt
Helen Holt
Helen Holt is a reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age and enjoys reporting on a variety of topics, regularly covering Wairarapa events, tourism, local businesses, and the occasional health story.

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