9-year-old in Lancaster County is champion cup stacker


Nine-year-old Brendan Fernandez has a special talent. 

He’s really good a stacking cups.

Fernandez, a third-grader at Lititz Elementary, is a champion cup stacker.

Brendan recently competed at the New England Sport Stacking Competition in Rhode Island and broke the Pennsylvania state record for the 9-10 age division in the “cycle stack.” His record time was 6.585 seconds.

Fernandez has also qualified for the AAU Junior Olympics. He’s recognized by the World Sport Stacking Association as the sixth fastest stacker in Pennsylvania.

“My goal is to be the fastest ages 9-10 in the United States,” he said.

There is no doubt Fernandez is fast, but what might be equally as surprising as his speed is how he got introduced to stacking.

Fernandez says he got into the sport by accident. He said he was searching for a song involving a cup on YouTube when he stumbled upon the sport.

“I was searching cup and then it said “stacking”,” he recalled.

The search has turned into hours of practice and tournaments where Fernandez competes, often as the shortest competitor.

“‘I’m kind of proud of myself for doing this hobby,” he said.

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