SPROTBROUGH skiing sensation Haydyn Fiori has landed a top 20 finish at the British Freestyle Championships - at the age of just 11!
The Richmond Hill Primary School pupil also claimed two gold medals in Switzerland - in the Slopestyle and Big Air disciplines - to leave a lasting impression on some the sport’s leading figures.
Fiori is one of Britain’s brightest Olympic prospects in his chosen sport and now hopes to continue his incredible rise by being chosen for a new Team GB youth squad.
Proud father Leon said: “He’s a very competitive lad and he showed absolutely no intimidation in Switzerland.
“He was up against professionals from Team GB and adults who have a lot more experience than him, so to come out with a top 20 finish overall is absolutely fantastic.
“And it wasn’t by a small margin either.
“He did very well and I know a lot of people watching were blown away by him,” he added.
“He made a big impression out there.”
Fiori leapt to prominence by becoming a British champion at the age of eight - winning his age category in his first ever competition, the British Artificial Mogul Championships.
A member of Yorkshire’s Freestyle team and former national champion, he was named as the town’s junior sports personality of the year at last year’s Doncaster Sports Awards.
And the thrill-seeking youngster’s progress shows no signs of slowing down.
In Laax, Switzerland, Fiori won gold in the under 13s Slopestyle category - one of the newest Olympic disciplines.
He also left the rest of the field standing on his way to a second gold medal in the Big Air category.
“We’ve been on a bit of a rollercoaster ride with him but we’re just trying to provide him with all the support he needs to reach the top,” said Leon.
“He started skiing when he was six. We fancied going on a skiing holiday so we booked him on a course at SNO!zone in Castleford and he just took to it straight away.
“It’s interesting because it’s a sport that is very different and not something you hear a great deal about.
“But he’s got a real talent for it and if he keeps on working hard he could go a long way.”
Fiori, who is also a Black Belt in Mixed Martial Arts, is already targeting the 2018 Winter Olympics.
He attended a Team GB youth training camp in Switzerland prior to the British Championships and hopes to attend another one this summer.
Fiori is also on course to be chosen for a new Team GB youth team, a new project set to be launched by the sport’s governing body.
British head coach Pat Sharples said: “Haydyn has now proved himself as the top British freeskier for his age after cleaning up at this year’s British Championships.
“He totally deserves all his success as he’s worked and trained super hard over the last few years.
“I have high hopes for Haydyn and I think he has an incredible future a head of him with his skiing and I’m really looking forward to supporting him all the way.”