Rid­ing for the op­por­tu­ni­ties

North Waikato News - - SPORT - CAITLIN WAL­LACE

He was a late starter into the sport but eight-year old Taine de Thierry has man­aged to se­cure a spot on a na­tional BMX team.

The Huntly boy found out late last month that he had made the New Zealand Meybo BMX Team.

The team is made up of around 20 rid­ers from across the coun­try rang­ing from ath­letes aged 5 to 40 years and over.

By be­ing part of the team, he will re­ceive more coach­ing al­low­ing him to pur­sue the sport fur­ther whilst rep­re­sent­ing the brand.

He was en­ticed to take up the sport al­most two years ago so he could join his friends.

Taine’s mum An­neka de Thierry said they didn’t waste much time sign­ing him up to the Hamil­ton BMX Club.

‘‘We just brought him a bike straight away and the hel­met and gear came after.’’

He took to it quickly and de Thierry said his com­mit­ment lead to suc­cess

The Ohinewai School stu­dent can of­ten be found out on the track about three times a week.

How­ever he only started rid­ing com­pet­i­tively in the last sea­son an

‘‘He’s so pas­sion­ate about it, any coach­ing he gets, he takes it on board 110 per cent.’’

To join the team, the fam­ily have to in­vest in a Meybo bike and gear so he is cur­rently work­ing on fundrais­ing and seek­ing spon­sor­ship.

Team man­ager Jess Hare said the idea to es­tab­lish a team in New Zealand rep­re­sent­ing the Dutch brand was about pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for rid­ers in the Welling­ton area. Now rid­ers across the coun­try as far north as Huntly are re­cruited.

‘‘A lot of the small kids give it 100 per cent but don’t nec­es­sar­ily get recog­nised,’’ she said.

While the aim is al­ways to win, their ethos is for mem­bers to be the best they can be with good sports­man­ship, she said.

Taine’s se­lec­tion was based on his tal­ent and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

‘‘He seems like he’s ex­tremely mo­ti­vated to do well... He’s done well early on, he started late for his age... Most of them have been rid­ing since they were 4 and a half.’’

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