A middle school student from Hillsborough is the first Maritimer to qualify for the Canadian yo-yo national competition.

Colton Steeves first picked up a yo-yo about three years ago and since then he has spun his way into the top ranks.

The Grade 7 student says it's harder than it looks.

"It's not even close to simple," he said.

"You always have to practice and there's lots of hard tricks that you have to do. So it takes a lot of practice to master them."


Colton Steeves practises two hours a day to master 40 yo-yo tricks. (CBC)

The 13-year-old boy spends two hours a day practising as he tries to master 40 tricks.

He recently qualified for the Yo-Yo Nationals in Vancouver in August.

"I was really happy but I didn't really want to jump up and down and scream right in the middle of every thing," he said.

"So I kind of just waited til I got home."

Colton beat out his older brother Dustin, 15, for the spot in the nationals.

Dustin says the brothers have a "healthy rivalry" and yo-yoing together at school and at home pushes each of them to get better.

"If I learn a trick he'll … try and get me to teach it to him," said Dustin.

"And if I'm feeling mean that day I'll make him learn online.

"Or I'll teach myself sometimes and he'll teach me tricks and stuff or make me learn them online."

Bryan Ouellette, a Caledonia High School teacher, got things rolling when he started a yo-yo club at the school.

While Colton attributes a lot of his success to Ouellette, the teacher is reluctant to take any credit.

"All I've done is brought it to the school and showed the kids what people played with back in the '60s," he said.

"By no means did I do anything out of the norm," he said.

"I'm hoping to go to Vancouver too and watch one of our own compete at the national level and bring it home."

Colton's national qualification means three Maritimers can go to the Canadian competition in 2015.

The national event offers competitors a chance to qualify for the world competition.

"My ultimate coal would be like win the international," said Colton.

"It's possible. Everything's possible."