Gideon ready af­ter get­ting ‘big wake-up call’

Uxbridge Gazette - - SPORT -

HAYES BMX star­let Gideon Orena be­lieves he is now ready to mix it with the best as he bids to punch above his weight in 2016.

Af­ter win­ning the U15 ti­tle at the 2014 Bri­tish BMX Cham­pi­onships, 15-year-old Orena made the de­ci­sion to test him­self in an older age group.

At this year’s do­mes­tic gath­er­ing, Orena could only fin­ish fifth in the 17+ cat­e­gory, but he was the youngest com­peti­tor in the race and the Hayes Hawks BMX Club ace in­sists he is ready for a big year in 2016 now he has found his feet.

“Af­ter a rocky start to the sea­son, where I ended up crash­ing a few times, I also got a big wake-up call,” said Orena, who also fin­ished 36th at the World Cham­pi­onships.

“Af­ter win­ning the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship in the age group above, I de­cided to move up again and then com­pet­ing with riders from all over the world in that cat­e­gory was a bit of a knock­out punch.

“See­ing how good they all were gave me a bit of an ex­tra work ethic, and I grad­u­ally got a lot bet­ter and moved up once again to Bri­tish ju­nior level and fin­ished sixth over­all at the na­tional cham­pi­onships which was a huge achieve­ment.

“I really want to main­tain that kind of form this year as well and go­ing in ahead of my years really does fill me with con­fi­dence. I like to think that I set the pace as peo­ple fol­lowed me up the age groups af­ter I went and hope­fully be­ing a step ahead will aid me go­ing for­ward.”

How­ever, with the BMX sea­son over un­til the new year, Orena is putting in the hard work away from the bike and is in­stead con­cen­trat­ing on life at Eve­lyn Grace Acad­emy in or­der to at­tack 2016 with a clear mind.

“It’s the off-sea­son now, and I’m knuck­ling down and study­ing as I don’t want it to in­ter­fere with my BMX sea­son next year,” he added. “GCSEs are a big thing for me now, and bal­anc­ing them out with BMX is go­ing to be very hard.

“I’ve de­cided to try and sit some of my ex­ams early so it gives me some lee­way to train for the sum­mer and try to get to the stan­dard that I need to be.

“So 2016 is go­ing to be all about ac­ing all my GCSEs while main­tain­ing my fit­ness, which is go­ing to be tough. Bal­anc­ing study­ing with im­prov­ing in a pro­fes­sional sport is hard, but I’d like to stay on the same level as last year so I am able to grow.”

Gideon Orena at­tended the Jaguar Land Rover Acad­emy of Sport work­shop, men­tored by Land Rover am­bas­sador David Flat­man and Sport­said pa­tron Bryan Steel.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit sport­said.org.uk.

PO­TEN­TIAL: Gideon Orena (cen­tre) is look­ing for­ward to 2016

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