Year 7 student Haydn Bennett is making final preparations to compete in the British Snowboarding Championships in Leeds this weekend. He took up the sport about 18 months ago and now spends every weekend at local venues perfecting his moves.
He said: ‘I started when I went to the Snowzone in Milton Keynes. I was sledging and saw people snowboarding and I wanted to try it. After going to a few training camps there I started to snowboard every week and really got into it.’
In addition, Haydn still does skateboarding and wakeboarding at Grendon Lakes. He is now preparing for the British Championships in Castleford on Saturday competing on his carbon fibre and wood board in the 12 and over category. It is the sixth time he has entered the competition which allows competitors a few practice runs before the real thing . Basic moves include jumps and 180 degree and 360 degree turns. Haydn is now perfecting his front flips and is hoping to out-perform the other competitors.
He said: ‘I only do front flips once a month because you have to practise those into an airbag otherwise you might get hurt. It is scary once you can see the floor but while you are in the air you just think you are floating. It is quite a dangerous sport. One of my coaches has broken his knees several times and had replacements.
‘The hardest thing is the physical effort because you have to put so much in to do some of the tricks and have so much courage to go over the jumps, but it is good fun. I like doing tricks mostly and see how long I can be in the air for, it feels like floating.’