Jack Churchward, 14 at Freestyle Industries Freestyle Mega Jam competition.
Jack Churchward, 14 at Freestyle Industries Freestyle Mega Jam competition. Matt Taylor GLA181117SKATE

WATCH: Scooter teen jumping to stardom

SCOOTERING: It's a sport that is gaining momentum and quite often you will see youngsters - and older people - on their scooters at skate-parks across the country.

Gladstone teenager Jack Churchward took his favourite past-time to the next level at the 2018 Avoka Australasian Scooter Association National Titles in Sydney.

Jack on the podium
Jack on the podium Contributed GLA240418JACK

he youngster finished second in the 14-and-under age group just behind Cayse Munro and ahead of Hayden Waesch.

Not bad for someone who has only been in the sport for a short while and admits that he has not got a coach.

"I was hoping to get in the top five and I didn't know how I went until they announced it," a proud as punch, but tired Jack said.

He only got back from Sydney in the early hours of yesterday morning, but found some time to speak with The Observer.

Jack backed in his own ability and knew he would finish on the podium if he stuck to the processes.

"I was confident I would be up there because I had a clean run," he said.

Jack's mum Niomi said that the sport is growing in stature.

"It's just taking off and it's huge," she said.

"There were four heats and there were 55 riders in his competition with the best around Australia and New Zealand."

Riders were tested to showcase their ability to negotiate jumps and turns in a freestyle type format.

"He was two points off first place and he did very well," Niomi said.

She added that Jack started riding scooters two years ago and it just escalated from there.

"He had his first competition in September and he has done really well there," Niomi said.

Jack said his aim is to reach a professional level in the near future and will continue to strut his stuff at the skate-park at PCYC.

"I have gone as far as I can in the competition at this age group and next season I am hoping to compete in the pro division and my goal is to qualify for worlds," Jack said.



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