Young BMX riders honoured in Olympic award
Young BMX riders have been presented with an award named after Wimbledon Olympic gold medallist Sophie Hosking.
Lily Walters, 13, and Dexter Razzell,10, were awarded by the Mayor of Merton, councillor Krystal Miller, on Wednesday, February 5, for being the most improved male and female riders at the Merton BMX track last year.
The young people were put forward by the Merton Saints BMX Club, Mitcham. Dexter, who started BMX when the track first opened in 2012, has gone from a novice to expert rider representing Merton in last year’s London Youth Games.
Lily, who also started as a beginner, competed in the Youth Games and gained a top four spot in the London series of BMX.
Following Sophie Hosking’s London 2012 Olympic games success, it was agreed by all parties in Merton to have an award made annually in her name to encourage participation and improvement in sport.
Coun Miller said: "Lily and Dexter embody everything this award is about. They have shown the willingness and determination to practise and become better at the sport they love.
"Congratulations to them both."
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