TWELVE-year-old Hucknall boy Lewis Locker is a national BMX cycling champion.
He came first in the cruiser class for nine-to-12-year-olds at the British Championships last weekend.
The event was held at Broadway House in Cheddar, Somerset — the last to be held there before the track is bulldozed to make way for holiday homes.
Lewis, of St Mary’s Way, took up BMX racing at the age of five and he is a member of the Nottingham Outlaws club, based on Sellers Wood Drive in Bulwell.
He won the final in impressive style and received a trophy, as well as a number plate reading 01.
He also came seventh in the final of the conventional BMX event, which was marred by a crash between two competitors.
“Lewis is really dedicated to BMX and always works hard to improve his performances,” said his mum, Nichola Price (37).
“It is a tremendous boost that he has achieved a national title when he is still so young and it will give him a great deal of confidence to try for further successes.”
Thanks partly to its inclusion as an event in the London 2012 Olympics, BMX racing now attracts much interest.
There was a terrific atmosphere at the national ‘champs’, which doubtless helped to bring the best out of Lewis.
A pupil at Holgate Comprehensive School, Hucknall, Lewis is ranked number one for his age group in the Midlands region.
During the BMX season, Lewis travels all over the region — an area between Doncaster and Nuneaton — to compete in BMX races.
He always receives enthusiastic support from his mum, his dad, Mark Locker (40), and his 15-year-old sister, Amy.
Lewis is sponsored by leading cycle distributors Meybo UK and retailers Bunnies Bikes.