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Hanham Woods Academy pupil celebrates BMX title

A year 7 pupil at Hanham Woods Academy is now a European BMX champion

Posted by Lucinda Reid | May 20, 2018 | Sports & leisure

Hanham Woods Academy pupil, Betsy Bax, is a European BMX champion. Aged 12, the Year 7 student won the competition for under twelve girls held in Belgium. Betsy fought off fierce competition from an international field of over 50 riders to claim this coveted prize.

Betsy is in the England team and was previously world champion in 2015. Betsy has been British and national champion four times and is currently the UK’s number one for her age group. Betsy rides for and is sponsored by the Stay Strong team, an international BMX brand, and is in their worldwide squad.

Betsy started riding at the tender age of four and was inspired to ride by her older brother who also competes. Betsy trains on her bike twice a week, 3 hours per day and also works out in the gym to build strength and endurance 3 times per week.

Future competitions include regional, national and international races.

Betsy said: “My achievements make me happy and proud. I would like to thank my sponsors Stay Strong for their continued ongoing support and also my family for driving me around the country to races, without them I could not do this!”

Steve Kneller, Principal of Hanham Woods Academy, added: “We are extremely proud of Betsy and her accomplishments to date and we wish her future success in the years to come from all at Hanham Woods.”

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