Jai Walker is scootering his way to the top.
A product of Stawell, Walker has taken what started as a childhood hobby to now making a living from it.
At the end of April, Walker was invited to compete at a qualifying event for the Nitro World Games – a significant milestone in the extreme sports community.
“Getting invited was a really big step forward in my life and it will help me so much to achieve what I want,” he said.
Walker is living in America and travelling across the country to compete in events and spread knowledge of his sport.
“I’ve been touring around to skate parks all over the country and meeting lots of young kids who are doing crazy stuff,” he said.
The 19-year-old competed in the North American championship, looking to qualify for the International Scooter Association world games in Barcelona.
A 12th place out of 50 of the best in the world was not good enough to qualify.
“It feels great to have finished so high. I'm pushing myself to the limits and trying to progress the sport,” he said.
Havoc Pro Scooters has sponsored Walker since he was 14.
His mother Tammy is a part-owner of the company.
She said Jai was interested in extreme sports from a young age.
“He jumped on a scooter with his friends, he absolutely loved it and has been going for it ever since,” she said.
“He doesn’t stop, and pushes through any pain.
“It’s amazing what he can do.”
Walker said he intended on scootering and teaching young people about it for much longer.
“I would love to be one of the best in the game and I just want to keep pushing my limits,” he said.