Benalla scooter rider’s efforts backed

By Meg Saultry

Teen freestyle scooter rider, Callum Howard, will compete in this year's Australasian Scooter Association 14 and under Victorian competition with the backing of the Benalla Young Sportspersons Trust.

The trust has been awarded Callum $500 to help meet the costs of competing in the ongoing competition, which spans across 2019/20.

Callum, 13, has been improving his craft as a freestyle scooter rider for the past two years, practicing every day down at the local skate park. 

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“I went down to the skate park, and just started riding. Then I started to really like it,” Callum said.

Watching those around him continued to inspire Callum, pushing him to buckle down and improve his own skills.

“I saw other people riding around me and really looked up to them,” Callum said.

One of those riders is local scooter champion Mitch Young, who is mentoring Callum.

And Callum’s hard work seems to be paying off, with the Benalla P-12 student winning every regional scooter event he has competed in recently, including first-place finishes in Rutherglen, Wodonga, Euroa, Beechworth and his hometown of Benalla. 

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In his first qualifier at the Australasian Scooter Association Competition last month, Callum finished seventh, with a fall hurting his chances of a higher placing.

“I cased it on the ramp, fell down the ramp and winded myself,” Callum said.

As for his goals for the future, Callum’s first step is working himself up the rankings of the competition, though the sky is ultimately the limit long term.

“I’ll try to get a better placing, and then keep trying to get better,” Callum said.

“Then I want to try and become a pro."