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Bullied schoolboy, 6, to BMX champ

ALL SMILES: Trey-Wayne with his dad at the competition

A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy who was bullied in school turned his woes into wheelies after winning gold at the first opening of the London 2016 BMX series.

Trey-Wayne Saunders, who has trained with his father since the age of two, said it “felt good” to claim the top spot at the annual event.

“I won because I was very fast. And it built up my confidence especially because I had a hard time at school with being bullied. I find BMX-ing very hard but if you train hard it becomes easier,” said the schoolboy from Barking, east London.

Trey-Wayne’s dad, Wayne, said although he had some reservations about entering his young son in the competition, he was able to learn two valuable life lessons - “never give up” and “Always give your best”.

“He surprised all of us by reaching the finals in the novice under 7’s and when he won me and my wife where super proud of Trey-Wayne,” the proud dad said.

POLE POSITION: Trey-Wayne at the annual event

“It was a huge boost to his confidence. Riding has given him an outlet and the opportunity to be inspired by some great champions such as Kat Davidson, British BMX Champion and 2015 #2 World Champ and she only 16 years old.

He added: “Her words of encouragement to Trey-Wayne to “stay focused, train hard and not to be distracted by what’s happening around him”. We thank God for giving Trey-Wayne the strength to keep going against all the odds.

Launched at the end of the 2013 season, the BMX club series aims to provide a platform for novice riders to get a taste of BMX racing.

British Cycling’s cycle sport manager Jonathan Day said: “The BMX National Series is the pinnacle of the British Cycling BMX events calendar and provides a great spectacle for the sport. The series also gives opportunities for riders to take part and enjoy competing in this fantastic sport at the highest level in this country.”

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