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Young lands Benalla Alternative/Extreme Sport Star title

By Meg Saultry

Mitch Young continues to fly the flag for what an extreme athlete can do in Benalla.

After competing at the pro level at last year’s Australian Scooter Championships, Mitch placed 30th
among the country’s best.

It followed his second-place finish in the Open Age division the year before.

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It’s these results that see Mitch easily crowned Benalla’s Alternative/Extreme Sportstar this year.

Mitch said he couldn’t be more excited to win the award.

“It feels great. I’ve been working at this for a long time so it’s nice to receive things like this and be recognised for the hard work I’ve put in for the past 10 years,” he said.

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Mitch won’t have the chance to raise his placing at this year’s Australian Championships after it was cancelled, as he conceded it was a waiting game as to what his next event would be.

Flip trick: Young performs a trick at the Benalla
Skatepark.

First taking up the sport after watching fellow local and world-class scooter rider Brendan Smith take to the skatepark, Mitch has been hooked ever since.

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“I used to watch him, and then I kind of took off. I loved it,” he said.

Now Mitch is doing what Brendan did for him, mentoring and watching out for other up-and-coming talents at Benalla Skatepark.

And while he says he doesn’t bank the same hours of practice he used to prior to starting full-time work, he still manages to squeeze the last bit of daylight out for some after-work practice.

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Mitch thanked his parents for all their support — including buying all of his scooters growing up — as well as the Adelberg’s and the Benalla Ensign for the award.

“Thanks for doing these things for kids like us in the community,” he said.

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