BMX star rides way to top
BMX star Rachelle Smith believes her hard work is paying off after she was named Sports Star of the Year by the South West Academy of Sport.
The 18-year-old was announced as the region’s best at a gala dinner on Friday and also added a second straight female individual athlete of the year trophy to a growing cabinet.
“It was a really great feeling, especially being up against such talented athletes in the South West region,” she said.
“I was a bit shocked but also relieved. I’ve had a good year and it was nice to finish off my season with this award.”
Smith also claimed the 2013 and 2014 Myles Junior Sports Star of the Year awards and is proud to have won South West honours with such regularity.
“Everyone I’m up against is a strong contender so to be winning consistently shows my hard work is paying off,” she said.
“It’s great to win knowing it’s based on your results, personality and how you’re helping the community.”
Smith said the highlights of the season were being the first Australian qualifier for the nationals and her selection as Australia’s only junior woman in the world championships – but it has not all been smooth going.
She broke her shoulder during practice for the nationals while poor weather during the world championships meant a change in the race structure and a suddendeath semi-final ride, where she just missed out on qualification.
Smith has also taken on a role as SWAS ambassador, mentoring younger athletes, and is already training for the 2016 season.
She will race in the elite women’s category now she is 18.
“I’ll be racing the national series and I’m hoping to make every national final,” she said.
“I also want to race on the world circuit in America as well.”