Young Cameron Gatt is determined to reach the top of the world’s BMX rankings.
The Truganina speedster, who will be 10 next month, is set to represent Australia at the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) BMX World Championships in Azerbaijan in June.
Cameron qualified for the international event at the BMX Australia National Championships last month, coming first in all his events.
That included winning the 8-10 boys cruiser (a larger bike) category and defending his 2017 title in the 10 expert boys section, in which he raced against 55 other riders.
“I had a crash during practice the day before competition and was feeling a bit sore,” Cameron said.
“My parents were worried about me and wanted me to sit out on day one of the competition, but I was determined and pushed through it.”
Cameron said he had been inspired by watching his coach, Brandon Tehiko, race to first place in the elite men category at the UCIs, which qualified him for the World Cup in France.
Cameron will depart for Azerbaijan on May 31.
“I am currently world No.3 and am determined to turn that three into a one,” Cameron said.
“I am also going to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in November to compete in the Grands Challenge, which is the biggest BMX event in the world.
“I’m excited and confident – my mum is the one that gets nervous.”
Cameron said his ultimate ambition was to win an Olympic gold medal in BMX for Australia.