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FEATURE I STAR INTERVIEW


potential sponsors and people looking in on it. We are trying to develop new tracks all over the country and increase participation at all levels whilst also looking to see riders at the top level of the sport competing well both in the UK and International level.


Q A


You live in Sheffield, but you are over in Ireland a lot through the year. Tell us what your trips out to Ireland involved, you go fairly frequently?


I travel over to Ireland every 6 weeks and run coaching sessions out there which have been very productive and popular amongst the riders. I feel that they have taken on board the various things we have tried to develop with them and the amount of progression they have made has been unreal. I have also been over for different events such as Irish Cycling Annual Awards nights, Coaching Course weekends, Cycling Shows etc, that just help


build the sports profile a little more and gets exposure in the Cycling Community. When I first started riding for Ireland I didn’t just see my role being to wear the green jersey at International races and ride around the track, I also took on the commitment of developing things off the track.


Q A


What are your plans as an Irish Athlete and as an ambassador? How would you like to stay involved when you finish your competitive career?


I really would like to become involved in Cycling Ireland one day as I do feel that I could make a difference in how Cycling moves forward over there in the future. Obviously BMX is my first passion but having worked and been involved with Cycling Ireland for a few years I feel as though I understand what’s needed, from increasing participation to heightening the level of our International standard riders.


Q A


From what you are seeing on your trips over there, what are the prospects of future podiums at World Class level?


I think that as a country we are a little way off from making podiums at such a high level, but I don’t think it’s an impossible task long term. It’s just about putting in the correct structure together for riders at all levels of the sport as well as creating the facilities that can help them reach their full potential once they are committed to going all the way. Small steps have been taken so far and I’m hoping that these can gain some momentum over the next few years where we see a real push in moving BMX and Cycling as a whole forward.


Our Editor would like to thank Kelvin and Benn personally for their time and hopes that BMX Ireland continues to flourish.


INFORMATION: Age: 33


Home town: Mansfield, Nottinghamshire Job: BMX Racer, BMX Coach and Ambassador for Cycling Ireland.


Achievements in BMX at an Elite level : (Nationally/UK) 6 x Elite Men’s National Champion 7 x Elite Men’s British Champion 2 x Elite Cruiser National Champion (International) 2013 Masters World Champion 2014 World Championships Masters Silver Medalist 1998 European Junior Men - 2nd Place 1999 World Championship Junior Bronze Medalist 2005 World Championships Elite Men Cruiser Silver Medalist 2006 World Championships Elite Men Cruiser Bronze Medalist 2007 World Championships Elite Men Cruiser Bronze Medalist


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