NZ BMX RIDER
As New Zealand's first BMX Olympian, Sarah started racing at the age of 10, and her bike hasn't left her side since. Now with numerous National Titles, World Titles and not to mention a silver Olympic medal under her belt, Sarah has played an important part in distinguishing BMX racing in NZ. Even with her well documented history of heart breaking injury's, nothing can hold this girl back. She is the embodiment of courage. We were lucky enough to catch up with Sarah in between training sessions to talk more about what its takes to be a competitive BMX rider and how she maintains her glowing skin.
Can you tell us a little bit about what you do?
I ride bikes as fast as I can and aim to be the best I can be at anything I try.
Three words to describe yourself?
Courageous, honest, determined
How did you get started?
My brother got a BMX bike for a Christmas present and I had to go and watch him race. I prefer giving things a try rather than watching so after a couple of months, I gave it a go and absolutely loved it! Because I’m older, I couldn’t let my younger brother be better than me and because I’m a girl, my brother couldn’t let me be better than him so it was a constant competition to get better and faster so I wouldn’t be where I am without him.
"We don’t know what we are capable of unless we try with everything we have to succeed."
Talk us through a day in your life.
Wake up, press snooze, check social media, have breakfast, train the best that I can, have lunch, rest my body by doing some emails or house designs, train again (most days), rest/recover, have dinner, sometimes email, sometimes a TV series (Suits is my favourite) then get ready for bed!
Biggest challenge being a competitive BMX rider?
Fear! I have to be courageous and not let those fears control what I do, and part of that is accepting that I could get hurt. Trying to avoid it increases the fear & doubt (therefore, increasing the chance of crashing) where accepting the possibility I could fail, allows me to focus on the process & performing the best that I can (which means I’m more confident and more controlled, decreasing the chance of crashing).
Best thing about what you do?
Courage! Overcoming fear and being brave is such an empowering feeling! We don’t know what we are capable of unless we try with everything we have to succeed.
Biggest achievement to date?
Before BMX was in the Olympics, not a lot of people in New Zealand knew what BMX was. The usual assumption was that it was about doing backflips/tricks… To have kiwi’s associate ‘BMX’ with ‘racing’ has been something I am proud of as the next generation of kids coming through will hopefully have more opportunities because of it! And a silver medal at the Olympics is up there as well! Haha.
Aside from training, what other things do you do to remain ‘race ready’?
Resting is an important part of training so that my muscles can recover and get ready for the next session. The same goes for eating well so that I have energy for the next training or race as well as drinking lots of water to keep hydrated.
Chocolate Lava Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream
What inspires/motivates you?
Seeing people who are passionate about something and/or giving everything they have to whatever they are doing.
“Courage is not the absence of fear, it is the ability to act in the presence of fear. - Bruce Lee”
Given all the places you’ve travelled, where is your favourite?
Jordan. It’s a goal of mine to see the “7 Wonders of the World” so that involved going to Petra. I headed to Jordan and did an evening 4WD trip through the Wadi Rum desert, rode a Mule right through Petra & visited a cave with satellite TV and WiFi before heading to the Dead Sea for a float.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Give it a go!
"It felt as “high performance” as my BMX program. The brand was Dermalogica."
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