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BMX: Super Callum is national champion
1:27pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Sport
TIVERTON schoolboy Callum Chard-Maple has been crowned British BMX champion for the second year running.
The seven-year-old represented Tiverton BMX Club at Birmingham’s Perry Park.
In only his second national level event this year Callum beat the 46 other riders in his age group to retain the title in a thrilling race.
Callum’s dad Darren said: “It was an emotional day. He was in the best frame of mind for a race and he did amazingly. It is still a bit surreal at the moment.
“We didn’t expect it, especially as he was under such pressure because he had won it last year.
“He was racing against the European number two Felix Twitchett, who he had been competing against all day, so it was really between those two.”
Callum’s mum Michelle added: “We are very proud. He trains twice a week at Tiverton BMX. It is an open track which is great because it means he can go there whenever he wants.
“He does a lot of training with his dad as well. You can’t get him off his bike. He rides it anywhere and everywhere.”
The latest big win is just one in a string of recent successes for the young talent.
And it means that Callum, who has been racing ever since he learnt to ride without his stabilizers at the age of four, has qualified for the world championships in Holland.
The family are now looking for sponsorship to help fund the trip. If you can help call Darren on 07891-175706.