A youngster from an independent special school near Peterborough is stepping up a gear in a bid to fulfil his sporting dreams.
Michael Ledlie, a student at the Regard Learning Education Centre, is taking part in the National BMX Championships in Manchester on 16 March.
The 16-year old, a member of local BMX club the Peterborough Phantoms, is hoping to get through to the British Championships.
The Regard Learning Education Centre in Gedney Hill is supporting the youngster by sponsoring his kit and supplying him with new materials for his bike.
Michael, who lives in Peterborough said: “I want to be as good as Olympic BMX finalist Liam Phillips one day.
“I have been riding BMX since I was seven when my dad first introduced me to it. He’s a rider too and helps me train and comes to watch me practise all the time.
“Ever since I was old enough I’ve entered competitions which is when I realised I was good enough to compete.
“BMXing has taken me all over the country and it’s helped me make new friends. I practise all the time and I love it!
“I think I’m prepared enough for this championship and hope I can get through to the next stage.”
Michael who reached the semi-finals of the British Championships in 2012 says he would love to compete at the Olympics when he is old enough.
Ricky Crane Michael’s support worker at the Regard Learning Education Centre said: “Michael is a very dedicated young man.
“When he sets his mind to something he’s very determined, so I’m certain he will do fantastically well in the championships.
“We are all really proud of what he’s already achieved and we are delighted we are able to support him.”
The Regard Learning Education Centre is a small school for young people with special educational needs. It offers individualised learning programmes and one-to-one or small group tuition.
Michael continued: “It’s great that my school is sponsoring me. It’s meant new kit and things I need for my bike, I really appreciate it.”
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