BMX rider Jensen takes on the older kids
A YOUNG BMX rider from Emersons Green is celebrating after his latest achievements in the South West Championship.
Ten-year-old Jensen Egan came third in the competition after he competed in an age group above his category, and is now ranked second in the region and third in the south west.
Jensen, who is a pupil at Barley Close Community Primary in Mangotsfield, attends weekly training and racing in Patchway from April to September, and monthly in winter. He competes as part of Team Egan with his dad, Jason, and the father and son duo travel throughout the year competing in regional, national and club level races.
In 2017 Jensen was crowned South West Champion for the second year in a row, despite competing just weeks after witnessing his dad suffer serious injuries. Jason competed in the 30 and over masters category of the British BMX Championships, and was in podium position when another rider hit his wheel, causing him to fall off and break his hip and leg.
Following his accident Jason has spent this year recovering, but has his sights set on getting back to racing in 2019.
Outside of his BMX commitments Jensen is interested in football and plays for his school team, and he also enjoys crazy golf too.
Speaking to Emersons Green Voice about his latest achievements, Jensen’s mum Kiri said: “This year Jensen should have been racing in the 11 year old category as he is 11 at the end of year, but he decided to push himself and take part in the 12 year old category instead. Thanks to lots of training and hard work, he came second for the region at the end of season, which is absolutely incredible – he really pulled it out the bag on the day.
“I find watching his races nerve-racking at times, as his dad’s accident has had a big impact on all of us, but I’m just so proud of him. He’s also had a bit of an injury this year as he came off his scooter at the skate park and was out of action for a few weeks, so despite not having as many races this year he’s still done amazingly well.
“Jensen’s future aim is to take his riding to the European championships and he would also love to take part in the Olympics one day. He will go to senior school next year so things may be a bit different then, but he’s been riding bikes before he could walk so we shall see!”
To find out more about Team Egan and to keep up with Jensen’s progress, visit the Team Egan BMX Facebook page.