Ipswich rider headed to world champs
NEW Ipswich and West Moreton BMX Club member Matt Krasevskis was born into the sport.
Matt's father Paul taught him to ride when he was just four years old.
Now 16, the young rider is ready to take his skills to the big leagues when he competes in the UCI BMX World Championships in Belgium next month.
"I came third in the Australian titles in Brisbane," he said.
"I was surprised to get a podium finish but it's really exciting.
"I'm a bit nervous because the world's are in another country but I can't wait."
Matt said he had increased his training in preparation for the upcoming competition.
"I train five days a week now," he said.
"I like riding because it's an individual sport, you get an adrenaline rush.
"It's something I definitely hope to do as a career."
To get to the finals, Matt will have to place in the top four in the eighth-finals, quarter-finals and semi-finals.
"It's my first time at world's so I think I'm just going to see how I can do on the day," he said.
"You never know what will happen."
Club president Lee Smith said younger riders had taken a lot of inspiration from Matt.
"It's good having him here. The younger kids have someone to look up to," he said.
"Matt is leading the younger ones in the right direction.
"It's good for older riders like me to have someone to try and keep up with too."
Matt is looking for local sponsors to help him on his way to the World Championships.
For more information about Ipswich and West Moreton BMX Club, phone club president Lee Smith on 0423 781 071.