Our Jesse’s flying high
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.