Taine de Thierry, 8, only started BMX riding two years ago and has already been selected to the New Zealand Meybo BMX team.
He was a late starter into the sport but eight-year old Taine de Thierry has managed to secure a spot on a national BMX team.
The Huntly boy found out late last month that he had made the New Zealand Meybo BMX Team.
The team is made up of around 20 riders from across the country ranging from athletes aged 5 to 40 years and over. By being part of the team, he will receive more coaching allowing him to pursue the sport further whilst representing the brand.
He was enticed to take up the sport almost two years ago so he could join his friends.
Taine's mum Anneka de Thierry said they didn't waste much time signing him up to the Hamilton BMX Club. "We just brought him a bike straight away and the helmet and gear came after."He took to it quickly and de Thierry said his commitment lead to success, so much so that he practically had to be dragged away from the track, she said.
The Ohinewai School student can often be found out on the track about three times a week. However he only started riding competitively in the last season. And while de Thierry still finds it nerve-racking to watch, it's all worth it considering how much drive her son has."Just because he's so passionate about it, any coaching he gets, he takes it on board 110 per cent."
The next goal in line is to take home a national title. To join the team, the family have to invest in a Meybo bike and gear so he is currently working on fundraising and seeking sponsorship.
Team manager Jess Hare said the idea to establish a team in New Zealand representing the Dutch brand was about providing opportunities for riders in the Wellington area. "A lot of the small kids give it 100 per cent but don't necessarily get recognised," she said.
But now it's extended to riders from Christchurch in the south through to Huntly. While the aim is always to win, their ethos is for members to be the best they can be with good sportsmanship, she said. Hare said it also gave them the experience of representing a brand in "good light".
Taine's selection was based on his talent and determination, Hare said. "He seems like he's extremely motivated to do well... He's done well early on, he started late for his age... Most of them have been riding since they were 4 and a half."
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