BMX world champ
A KINGSWOOD teenager is riding high after being crowned BMX world champion.
Betsy Bax faced tough competition in the championships held in Zolder, Belgium on July 24.
But the 13-year-old emerged victorious, wowing crowds with her agility and skill.
Betsy, a student a Hanham Woods Academy, started riding when she was just four years old, inspired by her brother Alfie who is two years older.
Since then, she has gone from strength to strength, winning a clutch of trophies and titles.
The recent world championships proved particularly tough.
Betsy said: “It was definitely difficult and challenging as the temperature rose to 40 degrees and the other girls from all around the world were strong competition.
“I just couldn’t believe it at first and felt over the moon as I crossed the line.”
Mum Lauren said: “Betsy, she works so hard with her training and remains so calm and composed when riding. She knows her limits and when to push herself. I am incredibly proud of her.”
Betsy was competing in the British championships over the weekend of August 24/25 and is looking forward to the next world championships in Texas next year.
Betsy rides for Stay Strong Brand, a world recognised team, as well as Bath BMX Club.
Her go-to track for practice is in Bath but she does indoor training on a turbo trainer and sprints near her home in Kingswood.