Nathan keen to stack up wins
Nimble-fingered Nathan Johnson has made it to the top of the stack.
The 8-year-old sport stacker has been selected for the Black Stacks, New Zealand's elite stacking squad, and will compete at the World Sport Stacking Championships in South Korea next year.
Earlier this year Nathan broke all of the national records for his age group and missed out on a world record by nine thousands of a second (East & Bays Courier, May 22).
His mother Stephanie Johnson says her son has been dreaming of selection since he took up the sport almost two years ago.
And he's definitely fast enough to compete on the world stage.
Nathan has beaten the world record for his age group on video but it doesn't count because it was not an an official event, she says.
He used to practise for about an hour a day but now it is non-stop.
"It's just his dream come true.
"I thought now that he has got into the team he wouldn't be practising for a while but it's gone up to any spare moment he has.
"He's got a goal and he's just obsessed."
Nathan turns 9 in November so he will be competing in an older age group at worlds than he is used to.
But Nathan will be able to challenge himself against the record-holding stackers who have become his idols, Ms Johnson says.
"Even seeing all these guys over there will be huge for them. He's just so excited."
The family is fundraising for the $5000 trip of a lifetime for Nathan, she says.
Go to givealittle.co.nz/member/StackingDream to help Nathan with his fundraising. Go to speedstacks.co.nz for more information about the sport.
East And Bays Courier