Rider pushes limits
‘‘I am a bit of a daredevil and like to push the limits,’’ Stanmore Bay’s Jaden Leeming said.
After getting his hands on a BMX bike at 11-years-old, the 23-year-old wants to ride with the world’s best at the next Olympic Games.
‘‘When BMX Freestyle Park was confirmed in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games I knew I wanted to go.
‘‘I am training every day and hope to be able to source crowdfunding to get enough support to be able to attend all the competitions beforehand to qualify.’’
Leeming was signed to Red Bull when he was 18 and rode with them for five years before taking a break to get surgery on his ankles.
‘‘I was travelling with Red Bull, competing and living the dream really. I knew BMX riding was something that I wanted to do when I saw Dave Mirra and Mat Hoffman in action.’’
Leeming said he loves to ride because it gives him the freedom to do what he wants to as it is a freestyle-based sport.
‘‘When I got into BMX riding it slowly started to take over other sports, I love it and I recommend people to get out and give it a go.’’
Now that Leeming is on the mend from his ankle reconstruction he is training, working part time and studying holistic health.
‘‘I am also planning on starting up a BMX school to help others who want to learn.
‘‘I also plan to still go around schools and parks and do demonstrations,’’ he said.
Leeming said if others want to ride with him or learn to contact him on Facebook or Instagram at Jaden Leeming.
‘‘I would be more than happy to help people out.
‘‘I remember how I felt when I first started, I was lucky I had my brother start with me.’’