Sahbina wants to take on the world
Sahbina Ashman on a BMX
A DOWNEND School pupil is tearing up the region's BMX tracks – and aiming to qualify for the sport's world championships.
Sahbina Ashman, who lives in Emersons Green, competed in and won the 2021 BMX South West Regional competition in the girls' 11-12 age group.
Next year she is looking to take the step up to the sport's national series.
Sahbina, who is 12 and a Year 8 pupil at Downend took up the sport in 2018.
Her brother Gilmour Green, who is eight years old and a Year 4 pupil at Emersons Green Primary School, had already started racing at the age of four at their home track, Bristol BMX Club in Patchway.
Sahbina's parents are also involved in the sport – dad Kurt Green races in the masters category, while mum Chui is a race marshal and trained first aider.
Competitions have taken them from Lynfi in Wales to Truro in Cornwall, with other tracks hosting competitions in Devon, Somerset and Bristol.
A race day involves three 'motos' followed by either an A, B or C final, with players picking up points for their performances. Sahbina earned the number 1 spot with a series of wins and a couple of runner-up places.
She trains at local pump tracks and BMX tracks to improve her skills and goes mountain biking in the Forest of Dean to help with her endurance.
Sahbina also competes in Bristol BMX Club's summer and winter series, and is currently taking part in the Birmingham winter series, which will keep her fit throughout the winter.
Sahbina said: "I was so happy to win the regional championships because I set this as my goal at the beginning of the year, and put all my efforts into the training so I would do my best in the races.
"My ambition in 2022 is to take part in the National Championship with the aim of qualifying for the World Championships in Glasgow in 2023 – it will be amazing just to take part in this."
Chui said: "I am so proud of my daughter for her achievements this year.
"Last year she was unranked, so to have won the regionals this year was a massive achievement. "I’ve seen first hand how much focus and commitment she puts into her training and, most importantly, how much she enjoys it."