Our Jesse’s fly­ing high

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES KITTO

NEW Norfolk wake­board­ing gun Jesse Ma­son is con­tin­u­ing on a wave of suc­cess af­ter adding another gong to his cab­i­net.

Ma­son, 15, who com­petes in the open age cat­e­gory, proved the best of the field when round one of the state’s Taswake event was held at the New Norfolk Esplanade last week.

The win adds to a string of im­pres­sive ti­tles for the Sa­cred Heart stu­dent, in­clud­ing a top podium fin­ish at the Queens­land State Wake­board­ing Com­pe­ti­tion on Aus­tralia Day.

The tal­ented wake­boarder, who trains ev­ery morn­ing at 5am, said his par­ents’ con­tin­ued sup­port al­lowed him to be­come one of the state’s best rid­ers

“They’ve helped me out a lot. Dad wakes me up ev­ery morn­ing and takes me out to train which means a lot,” he said. “The con­tin­u­ous train­ing gives me con­fi­dence to know that I’m in with a chance in the big leagues.”

Ma­son’s next chal­lenge comes later this month when he heads to Can­berra to com­pete in the first round of the Aus­tralian Open.

It will be the fifth in­ter­state com­pe­ti­tion for the teenager, who said he wouldn’t be too fazed com­pet­ing against some of Aus­tralia’s best.

“I’ll be com­pet­ing in the am­a­teur men’s divi­sion so I’m ex­pect­ing it to be a lit­tle bit more dif­fi­cult. But I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.”

Ma­son, who is No. 1 in Tas­ma­nia for his age, said he hoped his suc­cess would soon take him overseas to com­pete.

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