The Block competition entrant Steven, 9, loves to 'find stuff and do it up'

Gunnedah’s Steven Hopwood has his sights set on The Block.

The nine-year-old “blockhead” is mad for renovating and building and is currently in third place in Mitre 10’s Kids Challenge, with more than 300 votes.

The competition closes in days and, if Steven gets the most votes in NSW, he will be in the top five from which the winner will be chosen.

The winner will win a trip for one adult and one child to Melbourne, Victoria, for a VIP tour of The Block 2018, meet and greet with the contestants and host Scott Cam, and $250 spending money.

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Steven said he saw the competition advertised when he was watching The Block and immediately entered, writing about the projects he has undertaken.

“I said, ‘I really want to go in this’, so I could be the first local person to go on The Block in Gunnedah,” Steven said.

The Year 4 student said he enjoyed watching The Block because “it gives us ideas of what to do” and said it was better if the project took a long time to do.

“My favourite thing to do would be to find stuff and do it up,” he said.

Steven’s projects include renovating furniture and a buggy, laying a wooden floor and constructing a screen door from scratch. He said he learns a lot from his mum Nat Walters and they work together a lot.

I said, ‘I really want to go in this’, so I could be the first local person to go on The Block in Gunnedah.

Steven Hopwood, Kids Challenge contestant

“It teaches me new things and I got taught hazards last year,” he said.

“I just like doing it for fun.”

Steven’s mum said he was “very good at what he does” and helps her to renovate houses.

“He’s been helping me when since he was a toddler because his dad is a tradie and I’ve been renovating, so he’s always been around it,” she said.

“He helped me build a trampoline when he was two-and-a-half years old.”

Ms Walters said his grandfather had also been a major influence as “my dad was always building something”.

“We bought some old furniture and [Steven] did that up and sold it and made a profit,” she said. 

“He’s very entrepreneurial.”