Connor Jarrold is preparing to board a plane to Canada next week, with his talents on a scooter responsible for getting him to the land of moose and maple leaf.
The 16-year-old, from Jamberoo, recently won a nationwide competition to be sponsored by global scooter brand Havoc Pro. As part of the prize, Connor will tour Canada for six weeks, performing in more than 50 competitions and demonstrations across the country.
“I entered the competition, and they sent me a message later just asking if I had a passport,” Connor said.
Scooter competition is similar to skateboarding or BMX riding, with entrants competing on a skatepark course and being judged on tricks and technical ability. Connor has been riding scooters for years, but has only started seriously training in recent times.
“It’s like bike riding, you go out on the skatepark and just do tricks. There’s lot of people who do it, heaps of people around here are into it,” he said.
“I’d always go to the skatepark with my brother. I just started riding, and my friends told me I should try to get sponsored.”
Connor said he could see himself chasing the sport as a profession.
“You definitely can do it as a career,” he said.
“I’m really excited about going to Canada.”
Connor will join Havoc’s No Guts No Glory tour which snakes through Canadian provinces Alberta and British Columbia until mid-July.