TWO young sisters are among the best BMXers in the world after competing in this year’s World Championships.
Poppy Bishop, eight, finished third in the World U-9 Championships having previously been National and British Champion.
Her sister Holly, seven, has followed in her footsteps after winning all her races nationally and successfully defending the national championship title she won last year.
Poppy, who competed in the Nantes Championships in July, said: “It was nerve-wracking but it was good.
“I like to ride my bike and I like to be fast all the time.
“I want to be number one in the world.”
The Crawley Down sisters got into the sport after Poppy attended a summer club which Holly followed.
Poppy started the sport about four years ago and has been training Holly since she was three years old.
Holly said: “I just copied what my sister does. I don’t find it difficult at all.”
So far, the sport has taken girls across the continent, with competitions in Belgium, France and across the UK.
With no tracks available in Sussex, training takes place at The Bethany Shriever at Gravesend in Kent and at Braintree in Essex.
The girls both travel to competitions across Europe with the support of their mother and father, Kate and Tim.
Going forward, the girls’ success could take them across the globe, with future World Championships set to take place in America and Australia.
Mum Kate said: “They made an effort and they did it really well.
“We spend a lot of time at the races and it’s a whole social event, sometimes there are 1,300 participants. It’s a group, so they like the whole social side of it.”
Both girls have their eyes on future success, although Holly is currently too young to compete at European and World level.
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