Daredevil Josh, 11, leaps on to TV show

Josh Young will be making his small screen debut this Saturday on Nickelodeon

Josh mid-flip

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A TALENTED young freerunner will be demonstrating his skills on TV after being nominated for a national award.

Josh Young, 11, of Northview Drive, Westcliff, will be on Nickelodeon’s Fruit Shoot Get Your Skills On at 9am, on Saturday, after being nominated for the Trick Stars Skills award.

He is largely self-taught in the art of freerunning through Youtube – a French movement in which people move through towns, running and jumping over urban hurdles and obstacles in a continuous, fluid, movement.

It requires significant flexibility, strength and athleticism and for the past year the Chase High School pupil has been training at the freerunning gymat Rochford Primary School.

Josh’s skills were picked up by Get Your Skills On presenter Connor Boost when Josh trained at one of his groups, but he said most of his friends were still sceptical that he is going to be on television.

He said: “I don’t think they believe me, to be honest. Some do but most of them don’t.”

As a sport with high jumps, wall-scaling and even back flips, Josh said anyone looking for an exciting hobby may want to consider freerunning.

He said: “I’d definitely recommend other people try it. I quite like people’s reaction to it and it gives me a buzz.”

Mum Melanie, 37, has had to overcome her fears that Josh could potentially get hurt, but she said she was thrilled he has made it on to television.

She said: “I’m very proud of him. When he started, it was quite frightening watching him flying off walls 6ft high but I’m getting used to it.

“He practices so much that I’m not worried any more, to be honest.”

Votes can be cast for Josh’s performance from Saturday at www.nick.co.uk/getyourskills on ahead of the final episode of Get Your Skills On on September 6, at 9am, when the winner will be announced.

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7:14am Wed 27 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Should he slip, and break his neck, who will be footing the bill ???
Should he slip, and break his neck, who will be footing the bill ??? sesibollox
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8:38am Wed 27 Aug 14

long time lurker says...

sesibollox wrote:
Should he slip, and break his neck, who will be footing the bill ???
It will be the tax payer but thats the great thing about the NHS! Should no one do anything in case they hurt themselves, in your opiniion? Fair play to the lad he obviously puts the work in to get good and at least he is not sitting at home on the sofa watching TV!
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Should he slip, and break his neck, who will be footing the bill ???[/p][/quote]It will be the tax payer but thats the great thing about the NHS! Should no one do anything in case they hurt themselves, in your opiniion? Fair play to the lad he obviously puts the work in to get good and at least he is not sitting at home on the sofa watching TV! long time lurker
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9:01am Wed 27 Aug 14

VeteranOfMany says...

long time lurker wrote:
sesibollox wrote:
Should he slip, and break his neck, who will be footing the bill ???
It will be the tax payer but thats the great thing about the NHS! Should no one do anything in case they hurt themselves, in your opiniion? Fair play to the lad he obviously puts the work in to get good and at least he is not sitting at home on the sofa watching TV!
Not at his age, social services will be investigating, to ensure the lad hasn't been coerced into this dangerous sport.
[quote][p][bold]long time lurker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Should he slip, and break his neck, who will be footing the bill ???[/p][/quote]It will be the tax payer but thats the great thing about the NHS! Should no one do anything in case they hurt themselves, in your opiniion? Fair play to the lad he obviously puts the work in to get good and at least he is not sitting at home on the sofa watching TV![/p][/quote]Not at his age, social services will be investigating, to ensure the lad hasn't been coerced into this dangerous sport. VeteranOfMany
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9:01am Wed 27 Aug 14

VeteranOfMany says...

long time lurker wrote:
sesibollox wrote:
Should he slip, and break his neck, who will be footing the bill ???
It will be the tax payer but thats the great thing about the NHS! Should no one do anything in case they hurt themselves, in your opiniion? Fair play to the lad he obviously puts the work in to get good and at least he is not sitting at home on the sofa watching TV!
Not at his age, social services will be investigating, to ensure the lad hasn't been coerced into this dangerous sport.
[quote][p][bold]long time lurker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Should he slip, and break his neck, who will be footing the bill ???[/p][/quote]It will be the tax payer but thats the great thing about the NHS! Should no one do anything in case they hurt themselves, in your opiniion? Fair play to the lad he obviously puts the work in to get good and at least he is not sitting at home on the sofa watching TV![/p][/quote]Not at his age, social services will be investigating, to ensure the lad hasn't been coerced into this dangerous sport. VeteranOfMany
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11:38am Wed 27 Aug 14

Bester says...

VeteranOfMany wrote:
long time lurker wrote:
sesibollox wrote: Should he slip, and break his neck, who will be footing the bill ???
It will be the tax payer but thats the great thing about the NHS! Should no one do anything in case they hurt themselves, in your opiniion? Fair play to the lad he obviously puts the work in to get good and at least he is not sitting at home on the sofa watching TV!
Not at his age, social services will be investigating, to ensure the lad hasn't been coerced into this dangerous sport.
Bah humbug. There are many dangerous sports out there. Should we wrap our kids up in cotton wool?
[quote][p][bold]VeteranOfMany[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]long time lurker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Should he slip, and break his neck, who will be footing the bill ???[/p][/quote]It will be the tax payer but thats the great thing about the NHS! Should no one do anything in case they hurt themselves, in your opiniion? Fair play to the lad he obviously puts the work in to get good and at least he is not sitting at home on the sofa watching TV![/p][/quote]Not at his age, social services will be investigating, to ensure the lad hasn't been coerced into this dangerous sport.[/p][/quote]Bah humbug. There are many dangerous sports out there. Should we wrap our kids up in cotton wool? Bester
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12:13pm Thu 28 Aug 14

telmel says...

why would social service get involved he just been filmed for a tv program I'm sure he is more then happy doing what he dose. I think he is very talented.
why would social service get involved he just been filmed for a tv program I'm sure he is more then happy doing what he dose. I think he is very talented. telmel
  • Score: 5

6:09pm Thu 28 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

telmel wrote:
why would social service get involved he just been filmed for a tv program I'm sure he is more then happy doing what he dose. I think he is very talented.
It's not the Boy's choice, at that age, the parents had better pray he doesn't break his neck....
[quote][p][bold]telmel[/bold] wrote: why would social service get involved he just been filmed for a tv program I'm sure he is more then happy doing what he dose. I think he is very talented.[/p][/quote]It's not the Boy's choice, at that age, the parents had better pray he doesn't break his neck.... sesibollox
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1:25pm Sat 30 Aug 14

RickinLeigh says...

Those who are stated that this boy has been "coerced" into this sport or that his "parents" should be worried if "social services get involved", please may I refer you to the Site Terms of this website:

12. By publishing or posting material on this website, you warrant to us that: You have not defamed any individual, corporation organisation or otherwise affected their legal rights. This may include but is not restricted to: comment which cannot be justified; facts which are untrue or unprovable; statements breaching an individual's privacy; statements which may prejudice a court case...

Think before you post!
Those who are stated that this boy has been "coerced" into this sport or that his "parents" should be worried if "social services get involved", please may I refer you to the Site Terms of this website: 12. By publishing or posting material on this website, you warrant to us that: You have not defamed any individual, corporation organisation or otherwise affected their legal rights. This may include but is not restricted to: comment which cannot be justified; facts which are untrue or unprovable; statements breaching an individual's privacy; statements which may prejudice a court case... Think before you post! RickinLeigh
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1:26pm Sat 30 Aug 14

RickinLeigh says...

RickinLeigh wrote:
Those who are stated that this boy has been "coerced" into this sport or that his "parents" should be worried if "social services get involved", please may I refer you to the Site Terms of this website:

12. By publishing or posting material on this website, you warrant to us that: You have not defamed any individual, corporation organisation or otherwise affected their legal rights. This may include but is not restricted to: comment which cannot be justified; facts which are untrue or unprovable; statements breaching an individual's privacy; statements which may prejudice a court case...

Think before you post!
*stating
[quote][p][bold]RickinLeigh[/bold] wrote: Those who are stated that this boy has been "coerced" into this sport or that his "parents" should be worried if "social services get involved", please may I refer you to the Site Terms of this website: 12. By publishing or posting material on this website, you warrant to us that: You have not defamed any individual, corporation organisation or otherwise affected their legal rights. This may include but is not restricted to: comment which cannot be justified; facts which are untrue or unprovable; statements breaching an individual's privacy; statements which may prejudice a court case... Think before you post![/p][/quote]*stating RickinLeigh
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