XCO champ is a super star of sport

2016-12-06 06:01
Earl Haupt of People’s Post hands over the People's Post Sport Star of the Year award to winner Luke Moir. With them is SuperSport’s Eduard Rosenstrauch, who gave Luke a backpack with goodies worth R2000. PHOTO: Carina Roux

Earl Haupt of People’s Post hands over the People's Post Sport Star of the Year award to winner Luke Moir. With them is SuperSport’s Eduard Rosenstrauch, who gave Luke a backpack with goodies worth R2000. PHOTO: Carina Roux

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Luke Moir from Lakeside has been crowned the People’s Post Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year.

Luke was awarded the honour at the offices of WP Media (the publisher of People’s Post) in Bellville last week.

He is an XCO mountain biker and is currently in Grade 7 at SACS Junior School.

“I was really excited that I was chosen as the winner and it is really hard to get sponsors to get you overseas, but it is really cool that I were chosen and pleasantly surprised as well,” says Luke.

He is already a national champion in his age group (u.12 and u.14) for the last three years.

XCO is the only mountain bike discipline hosted as an Olympic sport. It stands for cross-country Olympic. It consists of lap racing around a short circuit containing various obstacles that must be negotiated.

Some of Luke’s titles include:

. 2014 Western Cape XCO champion

. 2014 National Cup Series winner

. 2014 Spur Schools League winner

. 2014 African champion

. 2014 South African XCO u.12 champion

. 2015 Western Cape interschools u.14 Eliminator champion

. 2015 Western Cape u.14 champion

. 2015 South African National XCO Series u.14 champion

. 2015 South African XCO u.14 champion

. 2015 Western Cape u.16 Enduro champion

. 2016 Western Cape XCO series winner

. 2016 South African XCO series leader

. 2016 Swiss Cup 1 winner

. 2016 South African XCO u.14 champion

Luke says that although there is an element of fear in the sport, it only excites him more.

“I just love hitting the downhill as fast as I can and doing the jumps and whipping. I always want to try new things when I am cycling, but I just love the downhill,” adds Luke.

Luke aspires to the greatest of heights in the future and looks up to the late Burry Stander for inspiration.

“I really want to become one of the world’s best. I want to be world champion and Olympic champion and want to be the best that I can be. I look up to the late Burry Stander, and I do look up to the junior world champ Simon Andreassen. He is one of my favourite riders,” he says.

People’s Post and Let’s Play will look for more sport stars next year. Keep an eye on this newspaper to see when the competition opens.

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