When trying to find young and talented snowboarders, we know that you cannot just look in North America. Unbelievable kids are progressing on their boards all over the world. One super talented grom we have come across is Tomski Robinson. Tomski, 11 years old as of February, hails from Manchester, UK. Tomski’s story has much more to it than just being a good rider. Tomski has a condition called Excessive Femoral Anteversion which causes displacement of his hip bones. As part of his physical therapy, Tomski took up snowboarding. After you see him snowboard it will surprise you that Tomski has been snowboarding for less than three years. Not only has he been able to help his physical condition through snowboarding, he has also been discovered as a natural talent. Tomski has a very controlled style and is not afraid to go big.
Tomski was selected to be on Great Britain’s Elite Junior Team and already has his sights set on the Olympics. With the support of his mom Felix and his sponsors, I think his odds are good. Check out our interview with Tomski and his mom and go to Tomski’s social media pages to support him. A special thanks to the Robinson Family!
Interview with Tomski
Age? 11 in Feb 12
Hometown? Manchester UK
Years Riding? 3 years this August
Sponsors? Chill Factore - Indoor Slope
K2 – Board, boots & bindings
Ruroc – Protective Headwear
Westbeach – Outerwear
Subvert Shop – Promoting the Shop
BawBags – Underwear and T-shirts
Park – Streetwear
CoolBoards – Physio training aids
Board of Choice? K2 vandal
Stance Settings? 15 15 or 15/21 for snowboardcross
Goofy or Reg? REG
Fav Rider? My K2 teammate Ben Kilner
Fav Trick? 720
Trick you want to learn this season? 900
Fav Resort? Laax
Fav Cartoon? The Simpsons, Family Guy, and South Park.
Fav School Subject? Math
Who taught you to snowboard? Coaches at the Chill Factore -Kev Edwards and Adam Kelly, who are amazing.
What do you like most about snowboarding? I like it when I land a new trick after trying all night.
Who do you snowboard with? Owen Godbald, who’s local, other Northern Freestyle Club Members, and other GB riders who are all over the UK.
Biggest accomplishment through snowboarding? Being selected for the GB Elite Junior Team and being awarded an Olympic Athlete Passport. That was awesome seeing the Olympic rings above my name.
Favorite moment you have ever had on a snowboard? When I landed my first backflip in Laax. Ben Kilner and Dan Wakeham, my coaches, took time out to help me and it was an amazing feeling landing it. I was so stoked and still am hahaha!
What do you want to be when you grow up? Olympics then do snowboard films.
Favorite song? “Don’t Think You’re a G-Star”
Questions for Mom
Tell me about your family. I am a single mum of three. Benjamin who’s 14, does boxing, football, and wants to be a Barrister. Charlotte-Rene 13, loves horses and wishes to go into veterinary. Then, Tomski wants to be a pro snowboarder and go into filming. I am also currently in the middle of setting up an auction site for skiers and snowboarders and am the founder of British Winter Athletes which is focused on grass root kids. You can find out more at www.britishwinterathletes.com. So that keeps me very busy. My daughter Charlotte-Rene, is so very supportive and travels every week to either training or competitions all over the UK. He doesn’t realize how lucky he is to have a sister like her.
How did you first start out getting your son on a snowboard? Tomski has a condition called Excessive Femoral Antiversion which is a displacement of his hip bones. Some children recover from it, but in Tomski’s case it didn’t go. He was told he couldn’t ski ever again or he would end up in a wheel chair. Snowboarding was initially suggested as a form of physio for young Tomski, as it sets his hips into a more comfortable position. Never did we ever think he would have a natural talent which was at the same time acting as a form of physio.
Your favorite part of your sons snowboarding? Knowing he is free to express himself. Not having to answer to anyone and do exactly what he wants when he wants. Also to see his smile and enthusiasm when he’s just learned a new tick or won at a competition, I think seeing your child happy for any parent has to be the best thing in the world and I’m so massively proud of his achievements.
Your proudest moment? Being selected for the Elite GB Junior Team has to be up there, but how can you put it down to one time? His progression is just ongoing, his coaches push his boundaries all the time. To see and hear how excited he is when he’s landed a new trick, it sets off that light bulb proud moment.
What snowboarding means to you as parent? I’ve only just learned whilst in Laax this year so to me its still hard hahaha. But, I now understand the feeling he has of accomplishment within the sport. We have all made so many friends, I couldn’t see my life without them in it now. Snowboarding is fun for him, but he is competitive and now takes it seriously, works with a physio, dietician, and fitness coaches. All this helps in his skateboarding and trampoline which are his other passions. Some say I shouldn’t allow him to skate, as he could injury himself, but I need him to enjoy his life and live for the moment. Snowboarding and skateboarding have become a way of life and now he wants to surf. I don’t think there will be any stopping him. Knowing the fact he’s free to express himself in a sport he loves is one top bonus !!! Even if he was to give up competing tomorrow, which I doubt, he will have this for life along with the solid friendships he’s made with people all over Europe.
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