TEENAGE snowboarding sensation Becky Menday has been making her mark at the British Snowboard Championships in Laax, Switzerland.
The rising British star has already had an amazing season at the tender age of 13, with podium success in some major European competitions, and again she did not disappoint.
The Waddesdon teen took silver in the Slopestyle and bronze in the half pipe championships, on the woman’s overall podium, against all ages.
Becky said: “I was so pleased with my half pipe result, as I have had very little opportunity to practice in the pipe this season.”
Her Slopestyle result was even more remarkable as a knee injury the day before had put her participation in serious doubt.
The Slopestyle course was far more challenging this year, with no less than four 18m kickers (jumps) and two complete sets of rail features. A two run, best run counts final would mean there was no room for error and Becky’s flawless display was enough to beat off the other contenders. The biggest surprise for the Team GB elite junior was that she had also beaten an adult Team GB member.
Becky added: “Although my knee was very painful, I just focused on my run and everything went really smoothly, winning the overall silver medal was beyond my wildest expectations.”
Becky also took second place in a night time floodlight rail battle against Swiss locals and fellow GB riders winning 20 Swiss franks (£14) for her efforts, proving that winning has nothing to do with the money, but the fun of the event.
Becky said: ‘The British Championships or Brits as it is known is a fantastic event, with a chance for all ages and experience to compete in a range of snowboard and ski disciplines. I love going and always have fun at this event.”
Menday is ranked 70th woman in the World TTR rankings and is currently third in the UK Slopestyle rankings.