A Worksop youngster has arrived on the international freestyle jetski scene with a bang after winning a European title.
A successful season for Liam Mellott resulted in the title of European champion in the 900 class, and qualified him for the World Finals in Arizona next month.
The 20-year-old puts his stellar 2014 down to a new sponsorship deal and a tough fitness regime.
He said: “This year has been exceptionally good for me, mainly due to my new sponsorship deal which has provided me with probably the best performing craft and equipment available for my class.”
Mellott, who trains at Rother Valley when he’s not studying for an aeronautical engineering degree at Sheffield Hallam, added: “My own physical performance has vastly improved this year, using my spare time in Sheffield to prepare myself for the two minute rounds.”
“It requires a huge amount of energy to be able to perform aerial stunts.”
“All of this has come together which has thankfully reflected in my results and position this season.”
The North Notts Arena staff member battled for podium places at races in France and Austria, where he had to adapt to 38 degree heat to win his European crown.
He said: “It played havoc with the engine settings, meaning my technical support team had to do some late Saturday night tuning in time for the final on Sunday.”
“Luckily the effort paid off, the craft performed flawlessly and earned me the title of IJSBA European Freestyle Champion 2014.”
It hasn’t all been hard work and toil however.
“I’ve been doing quite a number of corporate events, ranging from a display show in Paris to teaching freestyle in Montenegro amonst the super yachts,” he said.
“This shows me how much I’ve managed to achieve in the past few years, to be offered these job opportunities.”
Now he’s gearing up for the biggest event of the year, on 10th October, when he competes in the 2014 IJSBA World Finals in the Amateur Freestyle class at Lake Havasu, Arizona.
An excited Mellott said: “I will get the chance to represent the United Kingdom on an international stage.”
“Although I am rather nervous about competing there, I feel I’m better prepared than ever and I’m aiming for a position in the top five riders.”
His success on the water this year would not have been possible had it not been for the backing of sponsors Air Time Products, Lee Stone Products, Opie Oils, Hurst Plant Sales, and Sign My Ride.
And he’s hoping to add to the support network: “I would like to thank my current sponsors and supporters, and I am welcoming any form of new sponsorship for the World Finals this year.”
Anyone interested in sponsoring Mellott in his bid to impress on the world stage, email firstname.lastname@example.org