Success a throw away for stone skimmer

Asa MacGuire Smith came third in the 18th World Stone Skimming Championships.

Asa MacGuire Smith came third in the 18th World Stone Skimming Championships.

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Crowds roared for a nine-year-old boy who threw his way to success in the World Stone Skimming Championships.

Asa MacGuire Smith, 9, a student at Hebden Royd Primary School, recently reached a personal best in stone skimming as he reached an impressive 17 metres in the competition, placing third in the boys Under 10 category.

Mum Karen Smith attended on the day, and said: “Each competitor gets three throws. For a throw to count it has to bounce at least three times. We don’t know how many times it actually bounced but the crowds roared.

“Asa really wanted to take part in the championships in Holland and has done ever since we found out about it whilst on holiday two years ago.

“On the day whilst warming up just before the competition he got some top tips from some of the men taking part (little did we know they were some of the worlds best).

“ Some of their stones hit the back wall of the quarry where the competition took place with the stones skimming beautifully so many times it was hard to count.”

The competition was held on Easdale Island near Oban, in Argyll, Scotland.

Asa’s brother Inigo, 7, also took part in the competition.