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By Nigel Slater Thursday 20 December 2012 Updated: 20/12 12:09
A DAREDEVIL teenager from Evesham is hoping to put the town on the map after being selected to join a national extreme sports team.
Luke Rogers, 16, has joined Bullit, a team of professional scooter riders in the UK which also consists of his friends Daryl Spiers, 16, and Ashley Dolan, 15 also from the area.
Manual scooters are more popular than ever thanks to a surge in their use in skate parks across the country and accepted into extreme sporting events around the world.
The deal to get Luke on board with the Bullit team was arranged by the Bonk Clothing store on Evesham High Street, which has become the new headquarters for the team.
Luke will now take part in scooter events across the country.
And the talented teenager said he was thrilled to be part of the team and could not wait to start performing his scooter tricks for them next year.
"I’ve lived in Evesham all my life and I’ve been a scooter rider for the last two-and-a-half years," he said.
"I love riding and competing at the events is great, especially seeing all the tricks that other people pull out. It’s that that gives you the inspiration to try out new moves.
"When Bonk contacted me and said that Bullit was launching a national team I couldn’t believe it. Being sponsored to ride is amazing, especially with having my mates in the team.
"We can’t wait to get going and hopefully put Bullit and Evesham on the map in a few big competitions in 2013."
Because of Luke, Daryl and Ashley's success, Bonk Clothing are bidding for a larger skate park in the Evesham area to help encourage more people to take up the sport.
Bonk Clothing owner Kim Dunn added: "I'm thrilled for Luke, Daryl and Ashley and can't wait to get behind them as part of Bullit.
"The success of Luke, Daryl and Ashley has prompted us to petition for a larger skate park. We've already got over 1,000 signatures and I would urge everyone to support us in improving the facilities and help get more local kids active."
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