NORTH Rothbury’s Jamie Russell is a world record holder at six years of age.
The talented scooter rider holds a record for being the youngest person to perform a backflip to a timber ramp.
The daring feat was performed earlier this year and is recognised by the Academy of World Records.
Jamie continued his rise in the action sport at the first state qualifier of the 2018/19 Australian Scooter Association season late last month, held at Warehouse 11 skate park in Artarmon.
He set a score of 221 in his second heat to beat his nearest competitor by 31 points. Riders are judged on style, consistency, diversity, difficulty and use of the park.
Jamie was ranked No. 1 in NSW for the seven years and under age category heading into the round, after winning last season’s state title.
He finished seventh in the Australian championships held shortly after in April.
The 2018/19 ASA season, which involves one competition each month for five months, determines who competes at the 2019 nationals next April in Brisbane.
Young Jamie looks on track for a return to the event in what will be only his second year riding a scooter.
“I’ve got an older son who does it,” Jamie’s mum Kim told the Newcastle Herald.
“I’d take my older son to the park and Jamie would say he wanted to have a go too.
“He just picked it up and they couldn’t really believe how good he got so quickly.
“It’s all taken off from there really.”
Jamie practices his skills at Parrey Skatepark in Cardiff, where they have an airbag to safely trial new tricks.
“They’ve got a 12-foot ramp and when he first started he couldn’t get up there with a scooter, the kids would carry it up there for him,” Kim said.
“He saw older kids, 13 and 14 year olds, doing these backflips and said he wanted to try it. It frightened the daylights out of me.”
Parrey Skatepark will host the fourth NSW round of the ASA season in January.
Young tackles difficult course
Distance runner Luke Young finished 26th in the cross country event at the Youth Olympic Games last week, tackling a difficult course up against 1500m and 3000m runners, and 2000m steeplechase athletes.
The cross country event returned to an Olympic competition for the first time since 1924 and was combined with the other events.
Athletes competed in one heat of their individual events and then all together in the cross country race.
Young finished the 4000m cross country course in 12 minutes and 28 seconds – 1 minute and 16 seconds behind the winner.
He had finished fifth in his 1500m heat before taking on the cross country course, which was held on a compact off-track circuit with tight twists and turns.