Lach­lan on board

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

VIC­TO­RIA Park res­i­dent Lach­lan Ma­son is show­ing off his tal­ent in the United State with a series of great snow­board­ing per­for­mances.

VIC­TO­RIA Park res­i­dent Lach­lan Ma­son is show­ing off plenty of tricks and flips as he dom­i­nates on the snow.

The Kent Street Se­nior High School stu­dent (15) is in the USA com­pet­ing in snow­board­ing events, where he is claim­ing good re­sults.

He fin­ished se­cond and third at two board­er­cross events in the USA Snow­board and Freeski As­so­ci­a­tion’s Rocky Moun­tain series in Colorado on Fe­bru­ary 4 and 5.

It fol­lowed an im­pres­sive dis­play at the New Zealand Ju­nior Freeski and Snow­board Na­tion­als, where he fin­ished third over­all.

His fa­ther An­drew said Lach­lan trav­elled to the USA in De­cem­ber af­ter be­ing of­fered the op­por­tu­nity by a coach fol­low­ing the event in New Zealand.

“He has been com­pet­ing in a num­ber of events and he has im­pressed; he is very happy with the lat­est re­sults,” he said.

“It’s a very se­ri­ous com­pe­ti­tion and he is com­pet­ing against kids from around the world.”

Mr Ma­son said Lach­lan be­came in­volved in snow­board­ing through a fam­ily con­nec­tion.

“His un­cle owns a lodge in Thredbo and so he got ex­po­sure to the snow through that,” he said.

“In 2010 he took some lessons and when he was 14 he com­peted in his first Aus­tralian na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in 2015.

“He had a hand frac­ture last year so he couldn’t com­pete in the Aus­tralian na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, but he trav­elled to New Zealand in Oc­to­ber where he fin­ished third.”

Mr Ma­son said Lach­lan was able to train in Perth by us­ing tram­po­lines or surf­ing.

“Peak Tram­po­line has been a great sup­porter and he goes there twice a week to prac­tise,” he said.

“He is con­stantly on his surf­board as well, which helps him when he can’t get to the snow.”

Mr Ma­son said his son had a re­laxed at­ti­tude to snow­board­ing.

“He comes from some­where dif­fer­ent from the other kids but he has a good at­ti­tude and he has a real in­tense de­sire,” he said.

“He is ac­tu­ally ski­ing with bro­ken bones in his feet; he was dev­as­tated when he found out but then he was told he could ac­tu­ally com­pete.”

Lach­lan is happy af­ter his achieve­ments in New Zealand.

Lach­lan Ma­son in ac­tion in New Zealand.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.