The future is promising and I can’t wait, says local BMX star

2015-12-13 22:43
Young PMB BMX racer Delia Greyling is ready to take on the world.

Young PMB BMX racer Delia Greyling is ready to take on the world. (Thabang Mathebula, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - A 10-year-old girl from Pietermaritzburg is a BMX star tackling the adrenalin sport head-on and winning major championships across the country and Africa.

Delia Greyling, training two hours a day after finishing her school work, managed to climb up the BMX rankings and progress to Grade 5 with flying colours. The young star had standout performances in the 2015 season, scooping the provincial title, the national championship and the continental championship in the space of three months after months of racing hard to qualify.

Delia won a championship in her age group in Gauteng in October and represented South Africa in Zimbabwe last month at the Africa Continental Championships where she came second and first in two separate events.

In the first event Delia took on boys and girls and emerged second in the final. In her second event, which was based on overall points across eight heats in her age group category (9-12 years) she came first. She was also awarded her provincial colours at the beginning of November 2015 at the KZN BMX Awards in Durban.

Delia said she was excited to reach these milestones within such a short space of time.

“My family supports me all the way. The future is promising and I can’t wait.

“Every day when I go to training I remember all these events. I feel so proud of myself and every time I race I just want to win,” she said.

Delia started track racing at the upgraded BMX track at Msunduzi Park in Pietermaritzburg guided by her father Rudi, who is also the coach of other young aspiring BMX track racers.

“I worked hard this year, my racing wasn’t great last year when I started, and I’m glad things look better after two years in the field. Other people I know have been trying to be where I am now for years but I just did it in two years,” she said.

Delia said her father has been instrumental in her progress, “although he treats everybody the same at training”. She said she worked hard to win.

She also gyms with her father at home.

Next year, Delia will defend her championship title and travel and compete internationally. The young star hopes for sponsorships and to compete in the Olympics in future. “I will keep my dream alive by working hard every day.”

Her mother Paula said she told her daughter that school comes first then sport. “She knows she has to finish all her school work every day before training. We support her in everything she does.”

Paula added her daughter is handling both school and her BMX sport very well.

The young star had standout performance in the 2015 season, scooping the provincial title, the national championship and the continental championship

in the space of three months after months of racing hard to qualify.

Delia won a championship in her age group in Gauteng in October and represented South Africa in Zimbabwe last month at the Africa Continental Championships where she came second and first in two separate events.

In the first event Delia took on boys and girls and emerged second in the final. In her second event, which was based on overall points across eight heats in her age group category (9-12 years) she came first.

She was also awarded her provincial colours at the beginning of November 2015 at the KZN BMX Awards in Durban.

Delia said she was excited to reach these milestones within such a short space of time.

“My family supports me all the way. The future is promising and I can’t wait.

“Every day when I go to training I remember all these events. I feel so proud of myself and every time I race I just want to win,” she said.

Delia started track racing at the upgraded BMX track at Msunduzi Park in Pietermaritzburg guided by her father Rudi who is also the coach of other young aspiring BMX track racers.

“I worked hard this year, my racing wasn’t great last year when I started, and I’m glad things look better after two years in the field. Other people I know have been trying to be where I am now for years but I just did it in two years,” she said.

Delia said her father has been instrumental in her progress, “although he treats everybody the same at training”. She said worked hard to win.

She also gyms with her father at home.

Next year, Delia will defend her championship title and travel and compete internationally. The young star hopes for sponsorships and hopes to compete in the Olympics in future.

“I will keep my dream alive by working hard every day,” she said.

Her mother Paula said she told her daughter that school comes first then sport.

“She knows she has to finish all her school work everyday before training. We support her in everything she does.”

Paula said her daughter is handling both school and her BMX sport very well.

“She is a disciplined young lady. We are happy with the symbols she got in her recent report and the progress she is making in her sport.”

Delia’s first race of the season will be in February next year.

• thabang.mathebula@witness.co.za

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