Sabre Norris continues to spread her magic around the world.
This time, the surfer and skateboarder is lending her voice to Lego’s International Friendship Day installation at Parramatta Westfield, ably assisted by her sister Sockie, 11.
Sabre tells 9Honey the installation, including the world’s “biggest” Lego heart made of 100,000 pieces, carries an important message.
“It’s all about trying to make Aussie kids make friendship promises and put more heart in the world,” she explains, adding that she was even inspired to make a ‘sibling promise’ when it came to her relationship with Sockie.
“My ‘friendship promise’ to Sockie is to not get as cranky when I’m hungry,” the 13-year-old says, leading both girls to burst out into the kind of laughter only close siblings can share.
Sockie tells 9Honey her own friendship promise is to “put more heart into the world.”
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Sabre has been lighting the world on fire ever since she outed her dad, former Olympic swimmer Justin Norris, as being “a bit fat” during an interview on the TODAY Show in 2016.
This resulted in instant fame for the then-11-year-old, including appearances on The Ellen Show and a YouTube channel watched by millions.
While surfing is her first love, Sabre has recently transitioned to skateboarding, scoring Silver in the recent X Games.
“Yeah, it’s alright. I would have preferred gold,” she says of placing second in the competition.
“The reason why I wanted to win Gold was so I could dedicate it to one of my heroes — Mark Matthews — who is a big-wave surfer. He and Mick Fanning have just helped me out so much.”
The teenager now has her sights set on the World Championships in China, though she is still focused on school and managing the effects of Chiaria Malformations, a structural defect in the base of her skull and cerebellum which has caused her to stop growing and could affect her balance in the future.
Still, Sabre’s determined to compete in the 2020 Olympic Games in skateboarding, and so far hasn’t let the diagnosis slow her down.
She also has the support of her incredible family — surfer dad Justin Norris, mum Brooke and siblings including Sockie, Biggy, eight and Naz, seven — not to mention an incredible circle of friends.
“I guess it’s good to be friends with those who have the kindest heart,” Sabre says, adding that she tries to start conversations with children who don’t seem particularly kind-hearted to try and learn what is behind their mistreatment of others.
“Not everyone’s perfect but friends are accepting of each other’s flaws,” she explains. “If you see that there’s something special in them that they’re just not letting out, you should just talk to them.”
“Invite them to your house for play dates,” Sockie suggests. “Maybe get to know them a bit better.”
“Sometimes they have a back story, and that’s why some of them aren’t acting their best or they’re not feeling well or they’re just trying to hide their insecurities,” Sabre continues.
“Just talk to each other, that’s what true friends do.”