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Harrison Sparrow BMX Racer.
Our latest champion is Harrison Sparrow, a BMX Racer.
Here is his story in his own words. Harrison is looking for sponsorship please! If you are interested you can contact the school and we will put you in touch.
My name is Harrison Sparrow and I am a year 10 student at Tamworth Enterprise College.
My interest in BMX started in 2012, after hanging round with friends at my local BMX track. I joined the local club (Tamworth BMX racing club) where I trained with them once a week as a non competitive rider for less than a year, but after a bad fall from the bike, I lost my confidence and gave it up to focus on my other sporting interest of football; playing for both school and a local club (Castle United).
In 2014 my interest for BMXing came back and after months of self teaching mostly by practising both evenings and weekends, I became very skilled at it and felt ready to rejoin my local club to endure further training and to compete. After rejoining my local club, I kept up with my football interests coexisting with BMX. In 2015 and now into 2016, my training regime has increased, as I was recently invited to a session by a team known as FRESH BMX and have now been asked to join and race for them in the 2016 season. I have been fortunate to make their national team. I am now very grateful to be receiving professional coaching sessions through both clubs from Kelvin Batey (pictured below) who is Ireland's No 1 BMX rider and holds a double world championship title in 2015. He is competing and representing Ireland in the 2016 BMX Olympics in Rio. I have also had some coaching sessions with Shanaze Reade (pictured below) who was World BMX Champion in 2007, 2008 and 2010. She has told me that she sees great potential in me. By joining a club, it allows you to meet friends and opens you up to many opportunities you might never have been able to experience before.
My BMX journey began in 2014 when I was ready to start competing in races. I started out with novices races at first, and found myself excelling at this time and time again, so I decided to move straight up to expert level. I did however, find this a lot harder due to competing with more experienced higher ranking riders, but I have not let that put me off and finished that season on a high and more determined to succeed in the 2015 season.
In 2015 I continued at expert level and raced in nearly all of the midland regional races and finished 5th overall for male 14s. After qualifying in the Midlands races secured me a position to compete in the British championships at the Platts Fields track, Manchester, where I ranked 20th in the country for the male 14s category. The 2015 season was an opportunity for me to compete in at least one national race in order to move up to racing at national levels in 2016, which if I make the top 16, can qualify for the 2017 world championships in Rock Hills, South Carolina in America.
My highlight in BMX racing was during the 2015 season, when I competed in the Midlands championships and became the midlands No 1 for the male 14s category, which was held at the Leicestershire track. My ambition for 2016 is to become a finalist at the national races and maybe compete at the Olympics in the future.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their time and commitments to the sport of BMXing and allowing me to fulfil my interest in BMX racing.
My family for making this all possible and taking me all round the midlands and for giving me lots of support
Tamworth BMX Racing Club
Birmingham Bike Park
Fresh BMX Team
Shanaze Reade and Kelvin Batey
BMX Widow Photography for taking such fantastic photos. (Suzanne McHugh )
2 wheels only based in Tamworth
Tamworth Enterprise College for allowing me the time off over the coming year to compete at national level.
Harrison is currently looking for a sponsor please!
|Harrison with Shanaze Reade||Harrison with Kelvin Batey|