AT THE age of seven, Grasscroft’s Lewis Hopkinson is emerging as one of Britain’s brightest prospects at freestyle snowboarding.
The pupil from St Anne’s Primary, Lydgate, has been the youngest competitor in the British Snowboarding Championships in Switzerland for the last two years.
And Lewis has just landed a sponsorship deal with Manchester’s Chill Factore as he has become their youngest ever sponsored team rider.
Lewis started to ski aged just two years with mother Helen, father Jason and older brother Nathan who is also an accomplished freestyle snowboarder.
Helen explained: “Generally group lessons for freestyle snowboarding don’t begin until youngsters are between seven and eight years.
“We booked private lessons for Lewis when he was aged five and, after his first one, his coach said he had never seen anybody so good for his age and was raving about his raw talent. They snapped him up.”
Lewis trains two or three times each week at Chill Factore at Trafford Park and travels extensively to compete in indoor /dry slope freestyle competitions where he is up against youngsters as old as 13 years.
As to the future, freestyle snowboarding is an Olympic Games sport which is an enticing prospect.
“We are not looking that far ahead. Lewis is simply enjoying snowboarding with friends of all ages he has made through the sport,” said Helen.