Champion of spin is the UK’s yo-yo king

The Yo-Yo king of Eckington David Braden Holmes who came 7th last year in one tournament and has just won another.
The Yo-Yo king of Eckington David Braden Holmes who came 7th last year in one tournament and has just won another.
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KING of spin David Braden Holmes is the champion of Britain... and now he’s looking to conquer the world.

The 10-year-old yo-yo master beat competitors four times his age to be named UK Trick Ladder Champion at a national tournament in Reading.

Now he has a chance to travel to the world championships in Florida.

The Marsh Lane Primary pupil, from Eckington, Derbyshire, first picked up a yo-yo 18 months ago.

And but within a few short months he had mastered a wide range of mind-boggling tricks.

His dad Paul, aged 42, said: “He won the northern championship so he was really confident at the nationals.

“The crowd loved him – he was competing against adults in their 30s and 40s and managed to come through.

“He won the trick ladder, where you have to do as many tricks as you can from a set list, without making a mistake.

“So now he has to move on to freestyle, which is even harder.”

Paul and Braden’s mum Liz, 37, are trying to raise sponsorship to get their son to the world championships in Orlando next month.

“It is a lot of money so we’re not sure if we’re going to make it,” said Paul.

“Hopefully we can raise some money to get him there, but if not we’ve got our eye set on the European championships in Prague next January.

He added: “There were some Europeans competing at Reading, mostly from Germany.

“They looked really impressive, so Braden’s got his hopes set on going up against them.

Paul said: “Now we need to bring him on, make him grow, and keep him doing what he is doing.

“He loves it, and is very, very skilled.”

n Email Paul Holmes at venuerepair@btinternet.com if you would like to help Braden achieve his dream of competing in the world championships by sponsoring him.