Age 13, year 8 De La Salle Catholic college Caringbah
Time riding approx 18 months
State: NSW – Cronulla
Sport: Downhill and Enduro MTB, Dirt Jumps and Street riding.
Current Bikes: 2016 Giant Glory Advanced 0, 2016 Giant Reign Advanced 1, Norco two50 dirt jumper, We The People Arcade BMX
How did you get into the sport?
In September 2015 in the holidays my Dad suggested we go for a road ride to Kurnell. I agreed to this and we went riding. During the ride, Dad was scared about the trucks on the the road and I found the ride pretty boring. When Dad and I arrived home, we came up with a better idea; go for a mountain bike ride at Heartbreak Hill on our old hardtails. The next day we headed out and I loved it! I was instantly hooked on mountain biking.
That led to more riding at local trails, a holiday in Thredbo at the end of 2015 and starting to compete in races. My first major race was the Australian All Schools in 2016. This year I actually ended up winning the year 7 and 8 boys Australian All Schools king of the mountain.
Dad and I love Thredbo so much we have ended up buying a place there right in the village and it’s like a second home to us.
Hardest thing about your Sport?
There isn’t really a hard thing about my sport apart from conquering fears when it comes to hitting new lines, jumps and trails.
What does a regular training week consist of?
I try to stay as fit as I can. For me, this involves riding at least twice a day, even if it’s at my local park riding little jumps that my mates and I make. My best mate Talon Hartwell pushes me to stay as fit as I can by riding with me all the time.
I try to get to a downhill trail almost every weekend. The main downhill tracks I ride are at Mount Kiera, Green valleys mountain bike park, and of course, Thredbo.
I rode the Cross Country in baggies and a T-shirt at the Aussie All schools on a bike with a power meter and a heart rate monitor. Dad told me my power and heart rate was really high so I get pretty fit without actually thinking about it.
How do you keep motivated?
It’s easy! I love riding and the lifestyle. I dream about bikes and always want to go riding.
In the future, I would love to represent my country as a downhill racer. My short term goals are competing in the Australian National Series and achieving a good result and going to Whistler so I can experience the best trails in the world.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
“Keep the rubber side down” – when I started racing a bit I would get really nervous. I remember that in one race at Green Valleys Mountain Bike Park, I crashed in both of my race runs. The second crash I actually ended up fracturing my wrist. After these crashes I told myself that relaxing and having fun is the key to success.
Do you want to be a professional?
Absolutely! I see guys like Aaron Gwin and Troy Brosnan who are the top of the racing world and I would love to be like them. I’d also like to make sure I do well at school, and have a backup career. My Dad raced at professional level, but always had a job.