A young king of spin has the potential to be a world champion in his hands.
David Braden Holmes, from Eckington, is a yo-yo champion in Britain – and aims to be the world’s top competitor.
The 14-year-old has been crowned UK trick ladder champion three times – and has now set his sights on the World Championships in Japan this summer.
The Eckington School pupil first picked up a yo-yo five years ago, but within a couple of months had mastered a range of mind-boggling tricks.
Dad Paul said: “He is so diligent and always busy. He has also mastered the Rubik’s cube. He has more tricks than a clown’s pocket. He has a variety of talents and always has a desire to practise something.
“He has won three times and this time he was very confident when he won.
“Everyone loves what he does. It has really given him confidence.”
Paul is trying to raise money to send his son to the world championships in Toyko next month.
He said: “Plane tickets cost between £600 and £700, plus there is the hotel on top of that. It would be great for a company or individual to sponsor him and get the publicity that goes along with it.
“If he wins, he would be the youngest person to do so.”
Braden said: “When I first got into it, I was told it was quite cool and I just carried on.
“In the competition, you move up the ladder by doing different tricks, but you can’t make a mistake.
“You get on the stage and you used to have to a box that you used to have to stay in while performing.”
n To sponsor Braden and help him achieve his dream, call Paul on 07980 667438.