Becky wows crowds off UK’s largest snow jump

Waddesdon girl Becky Menday has had a fantastic start to her snowboarding season as she continues to outclass competitors who are far older than herself.
Waddesdon girl Becky Menday has had a fantastic start to her snowboarding season as she continues to outclass competitors who are far older than herself.

IT was yet another super-successful week for young snowboarding sensation Becky Menday as she competed in a pair of elite competitions.

She was awarded the title of best female at the Nike Chosen amateur series in Hemel Hempstead and then made it through to the final ten of the invite-only Scottish Freestyle Festival in Edinburgh.

Becky Menday

Becky Menday

Not bad, considering she is still only 12 years old.

For the Nike competition the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead provided the country’s biggest ever indoor jump measuring 13 metres giving riders the chance to throw down their best stunts.

Becky, who goes to Waddesdone CofE School was one of 25 invited riders to take part in the event.

She said: “The kicker (jump) looked so huge, I was really nervous.

Becky Menday

Becky Menday

“Once I landed my first run I felt more confident. I was so stoked, everybody was so excited for me.”

Becky’s confidence and skill impressed the judges and she was awarded with the prestigious title of best female.

Becky then travelled up to Edinburgh to compete in the Scottish Snowsports Invitational, an event held on a city street with 50 tonnes of snow shipped in especially.

Becky competed against 40 other invited riders of all ages and a mix of boarders and skiers.

She was one of only two female boarders to make it through to the final 10 and although the title of overall female went to one of the skiiers Becky had an amazing time demonstrating her skills to the packed crowd of onlookers.

She said: “The atmosphere was amazing and when the crowd cheered after I landed a trick, it felt so cool.”