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Peckham BMX boy nominated for BBC Sports award

MEET AND GREET: The 16-year-old shakes hands with Labour leader Ed Miliband while British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford (far left) looks on

TO ROUND off an incredible year for British sport in 2012, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) will be named on December 16 at the ExCel Arena in London.

While the SPOTY Awards have been running since 1954, the title of Young SPOTY was created in 2001 and this year, world champion BMX rider Quillan Isidore has been nominated for the prestigious honour.

The Peckham BMX Club racer, 16, was first in the under-16 category at the World Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham in May and is one of 12 nominees for the Young SPOTY award.

Isidore is part of the Olympic talent team and his coach from the south east London based Peckham BMX Club, DJ CK Flash, says that he is extremely proud of his charge.

Flash, real name Michael Blake, told the Voice of Sport: “I’m really happy for him. He’s worked hard. It’s a very big achievement.

“He’s very focused, he knows what he wants and goes for want he wants which is to be number one.”

BMX made its Olympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Games and Flash, a former BMX competitor himself, believes that Isidore has the potential to be a serious medal contender at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

MAKING WAVES: Isidore (number three) in high-flying action

“Quillan can go all the way to the top,” said Flash.

“The training between being number one in the world at senior level and to be number one in the world as a pro is a small leap, but it’s the hardest leap. He’s got one more leap which is to make the pro class.

“But as well as being the fastest in his age group, you could be looking at the fastest rider in the world within the next two years.”

While Isidore is a world champion, there are more riders from the Peckham BMX Club who have bright futures in this sport.

Tre Whyte, 18, is ranked third in the UK and trains full-time as part of the Olympic developmental squad. His younger brother Kye is a nine-time national champion and took first place at this year’s British Championships in the under-13 category.

And it’s not just the boys who are succeeding as 13-year-old team-mates Katurah Davidson and Blaine Davis are ranked third in the UK and seventh in the world respectively.

The club – who are the subject of a 3D feature film documentary called One Way Up: The Story of Peckham BMX,, which is scheduled for release next summer - currently train at a track which is only a fraction of the size of a proper BMX track.

They are due to be relocated to a new, full-sized track in nearby Burgess Park that is set to be unveiled next year.

So what is the secret to the team’s triumphs?

“The way we work we kind of just work on results so we concentrate on winning and we know that things like this (being nominated for Young SPOTY) will come along,” said Flash.

“We work hard, train hard and work to win. Even if we do get second or third we’re always going for that first place.”

*If you are interested in joining the Peckham BMX Club please phone 07947920061 or email Training takes place every Saturday at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bird In the Bush Park on Commercial Way. All are welcome.

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