James Paterson has followed in his brother’s footsteps and won a Local Sports Stars nomination for his skills on a BMX.
Brother Cooper has already won a nomination, and his older sibling has too for qualifying for the UCI BMX World Championships in America later this year.
James has been working hard to qualify for the world titles for a number of years since he first took up the sport in 2011.
“My mum got me into it about five years ago,” he said.
“I’ve been trying to get to the world championships for three years now and I was super stoked when I found out I made it.”
James Paterson who has qualified for the BMX World Championships. Pictue: Justin Sanson
Hard work was all it took, combined with his natural talent, to make it to the elite class in Australia.
“I’ve improved on my track speed. That’s what’s got me there,” he said.
“I just need to go quicker when I get there. The track over there is a bit like my coach’s track.”
Paterson isn’t going into the world event as nervous as a first-timer normally would.
“Luke Madill, my coach, rode in the first Olympics and he’s been a great help in giving me the confidence to push myself,” he said.
“If I’m going quick it can get pretty scary, but people should give it a go.”
James has a GoFundMe campaign where people can donate money to help him get to America at: www.gofundme.com/3u467ag
James Paterson in action at the BMX track in St Marys. Picture: Justin Sanson
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