ON THE TRAIL OF BMX GLORY

Teen ‘needs con­sis­tency’ if he is to fol­low hero Phillips

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Mar­ios Papaloizou tmss­port@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

EMERG­ING BMX star Gideon Orena says he wants to fol­low in Great Bri­tain star Liam Phillips’ trails and one day be crowned world cham­pion.

The 15-year-old from Hayes is al­ready a well-es­tab­lished name on the ju­nior cir­cuit with eight Bri­tish and eight English ti­tles to his name.

He has main­tained his form into the cur­rent sea­son with some out­stand­ing per­for­mances but ad­mits there is still room for im­prove­ment.

But he says that he is de­ter­mined that the hard work will pay off in the end as he looks to iron out the in­con­sis­ten­cies in his game and make it to the top.

“My sport­ing hero would be Liam Phillips be­cause they al­ways re­it­er­ate at Bri­tish Cy­cling that Liam wasn’t ex­actly the most ta­lented but he put all the hard work in and be­came world cham­pion,” he said.

“Now all the peo­ple that they’ve cho­sen are told that they have the tal­ent, and he’s put in the hard work to reach the top – there’s no rea­son we can­not do the same.

“This year I man­aged to win the na­tional se­ries and I man­aged to fin­ish fifth in the men’s cham­pi­onship, which is Liam’s age group or the elite men.

“Ob­vi­ously Liam Phillips has been a huge in­flu­ence on me but my big brother, Jimmy, has al­ways sup­ported me.

“He’s al­ways been the guy I’ve been chas­ing and he has helped me be­come the guy I am to­day. He al­ways sees what no one else sees, like when I have prob­lems on the track.”

Orena is a Jaguar Land Rover Academy of Sport Ath­lete, a scheme that of­fers fund­ing and men­tor­ing to the bright­est young sports stars the coun­try has to of­fer.

“The Academy of Sport is amaz­ing and has helped me this sea­son. The sea­son has been go­ing re­ally well but I have had one or two con­sis­tency is­sues.

“Through­out the sea­son I have either been win­ning or crash­ing out like I did in Scot­land, where I in­jured my­self. But in Manch­ester, I ended up get­ting a per­fect score – clean wins and no losses.

“I have been a can­di­date for the world stage for a few years now but I have al­ways messed up, like this year I in­jured my­self at the event.

“I still tried to race and I man­aged to get through to the quar­ter-fi­nals where I got in­jured again. This year I re­ally want to make it again with­out get­ting in­jured.”

Gideon Orena at­tended the Jaguar Land Rover Academy of Sport work­shop, men­tored by am­bas­sadors Lewis Moody and Mag­gie Alphonsi and Sport­sAid pa­trons Danny Crates, Bryan Steel and Kerri-Ann Payne. For more in­for­ma­tion visit sport­said.org.uk

n EMERG­ING STAR: Gideon Orena (c) with Lewis Moody and Mag­gie Alphonsi

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