A Burnley teenager is riding high after landing top spot in one of the UK’s newest extreme sports – scootering.
Dexter Williams (13), of Mary Towneley Fold, has freestyled, flipped and fought his way to the top of the rankings only six months after starting to compete nationally.
His proud mum, Liza Williams, said he loved nothing more than being out on his scooter and she hoped his achievements would help inspire other children to take up the sport.
“He started riding about three years ago. We got him one when we were on holiday in Devon. He started going up Queen’s Park and practising up there. After competing in a couple of local competitions we decided to sign him up for Scoot GB.”
With Scoot GB, the Unity College pupil is now able to take part in competitions all over the UK. He has already competed in four, finishing first in two, second in one and third in another.
“The rankings are determined through a points system,” said Mrs Williams. “If you finish first you get 50 points, second 45 and so on. He’s currently top. He’s done so well. He’s competing in the Novice Open category at the minute but after this season has finished we will look at moving him up to Intermediate.
“He’s even got a couple of sponsors now through Krazy Scooters and Blackburn with Darwen’s new skate park, who have given him free membership to practise.
“The sport’s just getting bigger and bigger and I really hope other children see what Dexter has done, go along and get involved. It’s been brilliant for him.”