Isle of Wight teenage scooter sensation Joe Crockett finished in the top ten at the World Scooter Championships in Australia last weekend.

Joe, 15, had a hard journey to reach Australia, taking part in UK competitions to reach the European qualifiers – where he finished third – which gained him entry to the World Championships.

Despite pitting against 61 junior competitors, Joe was able to finish tenth in the semi-final to qualify for the World Championships final.

Joe’s mum, Sarah, told the County Press he was suffering a little bit from nerves, and it was a very hot day.

Unfortunately, Joe fell right at the end of his run, which marked him down heavily, but he still came away with a respectable ninth-place finish, with his aim at the start of the championships to finish in the top ten.

Sarah said the result was a testament to Joe’s hard work, explaining that the Island’s scooter facilities fall below par compared to the level he is at, meaning he must travel as far as Cardiff and Corby in Northamptonshire to use suitable facilities.

Joe started scootering at around six or seven years old, with a group of lads at Freshwater Skate Park taking him under their wing and began competing a couple of years ago.

Next year, Joe has his GCSE exams and will turn 16, meaning a busy school year and a move up to the adult category.

Joe told the County Press: "I was very nervous before competing in the semi-finals last week as it was only top 16 that went through to finals out of 61 people.

"I came 10th in semi finals then felt less nervous and better for the finals on Sunday.

"Although I messed up parts of both my runs, I came ninth in finals, which I am happy with but I know I could have done better. 

"Next year I will hopefully be competing in other competitions abroad, but not too sure where or which ones yet."