Tom shows he’s the golden boy


DE­SPITE only re­cently re­turn­ing from in­jury, snow­boarder Tom Robin­son rode into first place at the Bri­tish In­door Slopestyle Cham­pi­onships last week­end, tak­ing gold in the Un­der-16 cat­e­gory.

The Fal­li­b­roome High School stu­dent has had a dif­fi­cult past 12 months, hav­ing been flown home from Aus­tria last year for surgery after a train­ing ac­ci­dent.

How­ever, his love for the sport and ded­i­ca­tion has been in­stru­men­tal in his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, work­ing tire­lessly with his coach Ben Kin­n­ear.

Kin­n­ear said: “Tom’s at­ti­tude and com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing his per­for­mance is a real as­set to his own de­vel­op­ment and to those around him.

“His abil­ity to come back from a fairly longterm in­jury and over­come a set­back like this means he thor­oughly de­serves his suc­cess. I look for­ward to see­ing him con­tinue to im­prove this sea­son.”

This was Robin­son’s first com­pe­ti­tion since re­cov­er­ing from a dis­lo­cated el­bow and a bro­ken growth plate and he knew it was go­ing to be dif­fi­cult, hav­ing been out for almost a year.

He rode well in the open jam for­mat but un­for­tu­natley missed out on a spot in the over­all fi­nal.

How­ever, the 13-year- old nailed both of his runs in the Un­der-16 cat­e­gory, and his skill and ded­i­ca­tion didn’t go un­no­ticed by the judges.

When they an­nounced the podium places, hear­ing his name called out for first place took him mas­sively by sur­prise, since he didn’t think he’d even made the top three.

After se­cur­ing his first win since last year Robin­son said: “It’s been hard com­ing back after sev­eral in­juries this time but I still love rid­ing and it was great to ride with my team-mate Billy Cock­rell, who won sil­ver. I’m look­ing for­ward now to go­ing to Aus­tria this week­end with the team and get­ting ready for the Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tions in Jan­uary.”

Dar­ren Roberts, high per­for­mance man­ager at Har­ris & Ross Health­care said: “We deal with many ath­letes, in­clud­ing many world class ath­letes in ac­tion sports.

“Fit­ness and train­ing is an im­por­tant part of ac­tion sports, which are about the ath­lete tol­er­at­ing their sport and be­ing able to do what they ask their bod­ies to do.

“It’s great to have a pos­i­tive im­pact on ath­letes at a young age.

“We’re happy to help Tom with his per­for­mance man­age­ment and be part of the great support net­work he al­ready has.

“Tom’s in­cred­i­ble re­cov­ery and pas­sion is in­spir­ing and is sure to bring him more suc­cess.”

Joel Good­man

●● Tom Robin­son topped the podium at the Bri­tish In­door Slopestyle Cham­pi­onships last week­end

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