A Waddeson CofE schoolgirl showed off her snowboarding skills and took home a style prize in her first competition in Canada.
Becky Menday, 14, finished fourth in the ‘all female’ 3 Star TTR Billabong Flaunt It competition and picked up the prize for best overall style at the Big White Ski resort in British Columbia.
Menday said: “What an amazing end to a fantastic time.
“Not only did I have the excitement of realising a dream and snowboarding in Canada, but I also won best riding style against 35 other amazing girl riders.”
The teenager spent two weeks in Canada acclimatising to the different time zone and practising on the mountain course before the competition.
The contest was made even more challenging as fog and heavy snow made visibility on the mountain very poor.
Despite the harsh conditions, Menday took on 35 other female competitors from all over Canada and North America of all ages and excelled.
The competition was a ‘jam’-style format and this meant that each rider could do as many runs as possible.
However, the long turn around time between each run caused by a slow chairlift and a time limit set by the organisers meant that most riders only managed four or five runs.
The GB Freestyle Team ‘elite junior’ stomped out a series of stylish tricks including back 360s, nose grab straight airs, front 360 off the toes, melon grabs and stale fishes.
The teenager thanked Canadian Affair who covered the costs of the flights, Snow Rehab who paid for the accommodation and Big White Ski resort who provided free lift passes for the whole two weeks.
Menday added: “The Canadian people are so friendly, I felt very welcomed and have made so many new friends.
“I cannot wait to hopefully have another opportunity to return there.”
For more information on Menday’s progress visit her official website at www.beckymenday.co.uk