While her brother Kai is aiming to represent Australia at the Olympics in Rio later this year, Helensburgh athlete Saya Sakakibara is working hard to ensure she’ll be a part of the team in Tokyo in 2020.
16 year old Saya is the reigning World Champion. In fact, she’s a five-time World Champion, and is currently in training to claim another as she enters the Junior Elite Women’s class at the World Championships in Columbia at the end of May.
Here, she’ll join Kai in representing Australia on the World stage. You can read more about Kai HERE
Saya can’t remember the first time she stepped on a bike, saying it was just something that happened because she’d attended Kai’s practice and competitions all her life.
“I’ve been competing for 13 years now,” she says. “I love it. I love seeing how you can improve, then watching that improvement.
“When I first saw the Olympics in 2008 I knew I really wanted to do it. I’m too young this year, but it’s defiantly my main goal for 2020. BMX is so different from a team sport. You just have to focus on yourself. It brings out different skills in every competition and uses all components of fitness.
Facebook pic thanks to the Western Advocate.