GB call for Potters Bar wakeboarder

PUBLISHED: 09:09 01 February 2014

Lucas McNally

Lucas McNally

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Potters Bar youngster Lucas McNally has been selected in the GB Wakeboarding squad for the forthcoming 2014 season.

The 14-year-old’s inclusion will see him mentored by the country’s national coaches, with a view to qualifying for the European Championships in August and potentially the World Championships in 2015.

“It means I have to train a lot harder because I’m representing Great Britain,” Lucas told PB Edition. “I’m hoping to get picked for the Europeans this year.”

There are various different types of wakeboarding, with Lucas specialising in the traditional ‘boat’ format, whereby the boarder is pulled along by a large boat and uses the wake as a makeshift ramp to do a variety of tricks. The boarder is then judged on their performance by judges situated in the boat.

After snowboarding at the age of four, Lucas first tried wakeboarding on a family holiday in Lincolnshire when he was just eight.

“My mum asked if I wanted to try it and it seemed like something I’d never done before so I just tried it got addicted from there really.”

Despite his success, the Mount Grace School pupil has had to overcome serious injury on numerous occasions, including tearing ligaments in both ankles while competing last year and being knocked out a couple of times in training.

He now trains predominantly at Boughton Lodge Water Sports Club in St Neots and JB Ski in Thorpe Park.

Competing on the AOD Stop Tour, Lucas has consistently finished in the top five for his age group, including a place on the podium after coming second at Stop 2 last year.

He was also recently ranked at number five in the country by UK Wakeboarding Magazine.

One issue for the school student and his family has been funding. With club memberships, kit and competition entry all costing, the family are currently on the hunt for any potential sponsorship opportunities, with a promotional video for Lucas in the pipeline.

Lucas’ mother Julia said: “It’s a very expensive sport and last year we did it on a real shoestring so we’re very proud that he’s managed to get up there because we’re not like quite a few of the other families who have places in Mallorca or Florida, that’s not where we are.

“So he’s been self-funded and we are now actively looking for sponsors, either local companies or brands because this year, although he will get a lot of training, we still need to buy the kit, we still need to get into the competitions.”

If you are interesting in sponsoring Lucas, email sport@whtimes.co.uk or go direct at julia@smasharena.com


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