Stanley flipping out at Australasian success
YOU'VE heard of the Fosbury Flop for high jumpers and the Dilscoop if you play cricket.
Add to the list the Stanley Flip.
The Flip is a world first scooter manoeuvre, pioneered by Redbank Plains 16-year-old Jayden Stanley.
For his skills and innovation, the move he created has been named in his honour.
Stanley finished second in the Australasian Under 16 scooter championships in Sydney on May 30-31, where his Stanley Flip got an airing.
"I did it by accident," Stanley said of how the Flip came about.
"Others can do it now."
When Stanley told the senior pros at the championships what he was going to do a back flip they said it couldn't be done.
That was all the added incentive he needed to leave spectators with jaws dropped open.
Before Stanley did it no-one thought you could do a full body back flip on a ramp.
It is part of what makes Stanley such an exceptional scooter rider; he is not restrained by the accepted norms of the sport.
"His problem is he has no fear," his father explained.
Scarred shins and broken collar bones have not been enough to deter him from pushing his sport to the limit.
Where other scooter riders in Sydney stuck to their pre-rehearsed routines, Stanley played each 45 second routine by ear.
He believes going in with no plan and no expectations was part of the reason for his success.
"I did it that way because I didn't even know the park," he said.
"I'd only been there for five days.
"I thought I would come like 10th.
"I was hoping for top 10."
Stanley went to Sydney as Queensland champ, having taken out three of the five qualifying events around south east Queensland.
The St Peter Claver College year 11 student has been riding a scooter pretty much since he could walk.
It shows when he is at the skate park and Stanley's scooter becomes an extension of himself.
A competition scooter is worth about $2000, with wheels alone worth $130 each.
So Stanley, not to mention his parents, is relieved he picked up an equipment sponsorship from manufacturer Madd Gear following his performances in Sydney.
His dream now is to attract more sponsorship so he can compete on the world stage, with the 2016 World Scooter Championships in Texas, USA in his sights.