It Must Be Magic! Chippy Trixsters Going for Gold
From shy, clumsy schoolboy to potential Gold medalist, Devon Shadbolt’s life has been transformed by the pace and magic of the Chippy Trixsters (above).
It was roller hockey which helped this 12-year-old local lad overcome his Dyspraxia, propelling him to fame as part of the British Under-12 team which carried off silver and bronze medals in last year’s World Championships in Las Vegas.
Now he has been selected, along with team mates Aidan and Leo Hughes, for the 2015 GB Team aiming for gold at the World Championships and Junior Olympics in the USA this July . . . moving on to Europe in August, where 11 members of the Chippy Trixsters will represent their country at the European Championships in Switzerland.
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It’s not all plain sailing for Devon (above left) and his mates, who are now facing major expenses in their bid to place their home town of Chippy firmly on the international stage. As roller hockey is a non-funded sport, Devon alone faces a bill of at least 3000 pounds to cover flights, coach travel, insurance, accommodation and compulsory uniform, not to mention his parents’ costs.
Can anyone help these home-grown marvels fulfil their dreams? As a sponsor, your name and company logo would feature on the individual player’s tracksuit as he or she hot-foots it around the globe.
Just Who do these Chippy Trixsters Think They Are?
The Trixsters operate on a voluntary basis, keeping more than 100 local children busy at the Chipping Norton Leisure Centre perfecting roller hockey and inline skating skills.
Last year proved their best ever, with the club being crowned Southern Area League Champions for 2014. The Trixsters powered ahead to gain the mantle of National Champions in November, swiftly followed by British Champions, winning every game they tackled.
But the real achievement of this powerhouse club is not found in accolades. It’s measured by the hope and pride it generates in its young members, many of whom struggled with lack of confidence and low self-esteem before literally finding their feet with fellow Trixsters.
One of the biggest community-based Skater Hockey clubs in the UK, the Chippy Trixsters are always on the look-out for new members – kit provided, just rock up and give it a go.
The club motto says it all. We will welcome anyone to this club, of any age and any ability, we do not judge, so skate for fun, you may fall and spin, but don’t give up, no matter what!
Devon’s Personal Roller Journey
Discovering roller hockey on the Chipping Norton MUGA in 2010 proved the turning point for Devon Shadbolt.
School had become a nightmare for the shy boy convinced he was good for nothing. His Dyspraxia – a physical condition affecting muscle control, spatial awareness and concentration span – gave Devon a clumsy edge, leaving him the last pick for school sports teams.
But when he tackled his first roller hockey session, a light came on.
“I was nervous”, Devon says. “But that moment changed my life forever! Suddenly I was free, no falling over people, I could crash in to people and it was allowed. I felt the wheels were meant to be. I could skate, me, Devon. At last I had found something I was good at.”
Many other Trixsters have experienced a similar transformation, testament to the hard work and commitment put into the club by community volunteers, notably Devon’s parents Tracey and David.
Devon is currently Captain of the Chippy Trixsters Peewee and Youth teams, also playing for the Farnborough Arrows, Midland Mooseheads, Midland Rollers, Sash Regional Team, Snipers Academy and Team Great Britain.
And he’s not sitting back, hoping for money to roll in. He is determined to tackle any job he can lay his hands on, to help pave the way to Olympic Gold.
“I am going to try and earn some money by packing bags in my local supermarkets, mowing lawns, washing cars and anything I can think of.”If you want to help Devon and his team mates get to America and Europe this year, or volunteer your time to the Trixsters, please email David Shadbolt, visit the Trixters website or contact them through Facebook.