A South Wootton teenager, who has claimed the British Flatland Unicycling crown, is now preparing to compete at the world championships in Canada later this summer.
Simon Berry, 19, first discovered his passion and talent for unicycling when he received a rather unusual birthday gift for his 13th birthday.
He said: “I got into unicycling quite unexpectedly, it was just really different and quite unusual. My interest kind of developed as I found out how far I could take it.
“It’s always so different and you get to visit lots of new places – I’ve competed in France Italy and Germany.”
Simon took things to the extreme and started entering competitions, with the first back in 2009.
He said: “I didn’t do very well in my first competition because I didn’t really know what I was doing, but it gave me the knowledge to enter again. The competitions are about what tricks you can do in front of a panel of judges.”
Last year saw Simon taking the title of British Flatland Unicycle champion at the national championships, finally achieving his dream after coming second three years earlier. This title will see him competing in the World Championships later this summer in Montreal.
He said: “I’m really excited. It will be really good because as such a small sport, you never really see 2,000 unicyclists competing in one place.”
The teenager is now spending his time preparing and training for the championships alongside working with a team of fellow unicyclists called Voodoo Unicycles, who perform demonstrations up and down the country.
He said: “It’s also a dream of mine to make Extreme Unicycling a full time job, and it’s slowly happening through performances across the country.
“It’s a part-time job at the moment, but hopefully, in the not too distant future I’ll be able to live off the money I make unicycling. I finished my A Levels last year and made the decision to put off university in favour or pushing my limits to make a living from my passion.”
In two weeks, Simon and his friends will be demonstrating their talents at London’s Olympic Park for Sport Relief.
To see Simon’s unicycling talents in action, go to www.lynnnnews.co.uk
For more information about his demonstration team and when you can see them performing, go to www.voodoounicycles.com