Lach­lan’s win­ning style on slopes

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - SPORT -

LACH­LAN Ma­son has al­ways had the moves on his snow­board, but he has now com­pleted what is be­lieved to be a first for any WA boy or girl.

The Kent Street Se­nior High School stu­dent (16) won the Year 10 Slopestyle com­pe­ti­tion at the Aus­tralian In­ter­schools Snows­ports Cham­pi­onships in Mt Buller.

The event’s man­age­ment team be­lieve it is the first time a WA stu­dent has won gold at an in­ter­school snow­board or ski event in its his­tory.

Slopestyle in­volves com­peti­tors snowboarding down a course with a va­ri­ety of ob­sta­cles, in­clud­ing rails, jumps and other ter­rain park fea­tures.

Lach­lan said he was feel­ing ner­vous ahead of the event but was ex­cited to win the com­pe­ti­tion.

“I had to train on tram­po­lines be­cause I was the only one with­out snow con­di­tions,” he said.

“When I’m on the tram­po­line, I prac­tice on a spe­cial board and prac­tice dif­fer­ent tricks.

“I’m not usu­ally the most con­sis­tent when it comes to slopestyle, but I’ve had a few good re­sults in the past.

“It was a bit of a sur­prise to do well – it was a tough com­pe­ti­tion, but I al­ways try do my best.”

Lach­lan’s next com­pe­ti­tion will be the New Zealand Na­tional Cham­pi­onships next month.

“My dream is to make it to the Olympics; it would be re­ally great to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia,” he said,

Lach­lan’s mother, Chan­tal Miller, said al­though Lach­lan spent some time over east in snow­fields, he had about half the amount of time on the snow as other com­peti­tors.

“The school has been very sup­port­ive. The Ken­to­nian So­ci­ety gave him some money, but it is tough try­ing to bal­ance school and sport,” she said.

“He brings his school­work with him and he is do­ing well at school.”

Lach­lan’s fa­ther An­drew said the win was a huge achieve­ment.

“He is head­ing over the New Zealand to com­pete in the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships again, but we are not sure if he’ll head to the US again or Europe,” he said.

Above: Lach­lan Ma­son in ac­tion in the Slopestyle com­pe­ti­tion. Be­low: Re­ceiv­ing his medal.

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