Rider pushes lim­its

Rodney Times - - LOCALJOBS - RE­NEE CLAY­TON

‘‘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.’’

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