Search

Hornchurch robot wars youngster enjoys record-breaking debut

10:03 24 April 2014

Gareth Anstee, 19 with his robot Distopia

Gareth Anstee, 19 with his robot Distopia

Archant

A 19-year-old has been busy breaking records as he and his trusty robot dismantle competitors across the country.

Gareth's featherweight robot, DefectorGareth's featherweight robot, Defector

Roboteer Gareth Antsee, of Hornchurch, progressed further than any other newcomer in history when he took part in the Gadget Show Live RoboChallenge at the weekend.

The mechanical engineering student came fourth in the world’s top featherweight competition with his robot Defector, seeing off challengers from Australia and Portugal in the process.

Though he did not leave as champion, Gareth is delighted to be involved in the tour, which he has dreamed of joining since watching Robot Wars on television as a child.

“I was always looking to get involved,” he said. “I went to an event in 2004, which I found footage of on YouTube five years later. The guy who uploaded it was one of the roboteers, who represented Hornchurch on the show, and I got in contact with him.

“The company, Roaming Robots, bought the Robot Wars brand last year. Now we are hoping to get it back on TV, there’s a few companies interested in it.”

As a youngster, Gareth would build custom remote-control cars “just to see if he could do it”, and last year splashed out on his first machine, former show favourite and 2011 UK Heavyweight champion, Ripper.

He admits the hobby can be an expensive one, but the former Campion School student believes the thrill of the battle is worth it, despite his pre-show nerves.

“You have to make sure the robot is in working order,” he said. “I get videos of the competitors and see what their weaknesses are. It’s as much in the driving and tactics as the robot itself. My robot has really weak body armour really, and it was taking on the most powerful spinners and it beat them.”

Gareth’s mother, Pauline, said her and his father, Steven, were proud of their son and hope he can go further.

Latest News Stories

Chris Noble, Jane Manning and baby Archie.

Will and Kate were not the only ones to welcome their little bundle of joy into the world at the weekend as couples celebrated the birth of their own royal babies.

Milan Patel, from Gidea Park, took on the 20km Tough Mudder challenge for Canine Partners

There are many ways to raise money for charity.

16:00
Abbs Cross Academy. Picture: Google Maps

An academy headteacher who has been absent since September will leave his post this summer.

13:29
Elizabeth Road, Pilgrims Hatch. Picture: Google Street View

Protein shakes and mobile phones were among thousands of pounds worth of items stolen by a teenager earlier this year.

Most read news

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Limited edition Opihr Gin goodies up for grabs!

Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin is a unique style of London Dry Gin created at G&J one of the world’s oldest gin distillers, using exotic botanicals, herbs and spices.

Pop on the most stylish eyewear around from Specsavers.

London eyecare specialists Specsavers are offering London24 readers the chance to win a £150 voucher to spend on stylish eyewear in the city.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder