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Harrison Lee had just been practicing the yo-yo for four months when he entered his first competition, the Western Canadian Regionals. He finished second. He was 11 years old.
Two years later, the Burnaby boy is ranked fourth in Canada, he’s sponsored by a yo-yo manufacturer and he has his own line of specially coloured yo-yos.
Lee’s slender fingers dance through the neon-coloured string, weaving it in intricate patters as the grey and blue-splattered yo-yo spins perpetually at its end. He’s putting in two to three hours a day designing and perfecting new tricks that will bedazzle the four judges during his two-minute session at Saturday’s third Western Canadian Regionals, to be held at the National Nikkei Museum and Heritage Centre.
“Whenever I’m not eating or sleeping, I’m yo-yoing,” says Lee, who owns 40 yo-yos, many of them prizes from competitions he’s won since taking up the hobby.
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