BMX Racing

Quillan Isidore

Last Updated: 21/08/14 10:42am

Quillan Isidore: Is the BMX UCI Boys 16 World Champion

Quillan has also won the the National Championships twice

The chance to be a role model for children in his local community is a big motivation for Quillan

He is also hoping to increase the popularity of BMX across Britain

The 2016 are a very realistic aim for Quillan after a brilliant start to his international career

The 2016 are a very realistic aim for Quillan after a brilliant start to his international career

BMX is my life and I have been riding and racing since I was very young.

Fact File

  • DOB: 17/10/1996
    Event: BMX
    Hometown: London
    International Debut: BMX World Championship 2012
  • 2012: UCI Boys 16 World champion
    3 time: British Junior champion
    2 time: National champion

Growing up in South London aged 16 is tough and it could be so easy to feel that as a young person one's horizons are very limited. But being involved with the BMX Club at Peckham gave me so much to strive for: it made me believe in myself and my ability. It also taught me how to share and to work in a team, competing, but also always wanting the best for the other riders too.

The discipline of the sport has helped me achieve more at school because you need to be dedicated, not give up if you have set-backs, and always push yourself that bit further.

I feel I am looked up to as a role model for kids in my local community, inspiring them and other riders, and I dream of helping other young people find their way in life, both within the wider community and within sport itself.

BMX racing is a sport accessible to so many, regardless of where you live or what opportunities you may feel aren't there for you. It is something that can appeal to youngsters without much vision of the future who maybe lack confidence in themselves.

It is a family sport and riders range from four-year-olds to adults, girls as well as boys.

I am honoured to be an ambassador for the Sky brand, promoting the development of sport within the community and equally putting BMX on the map and helping to change the stereotypical negative image that people have of kids on their BMX.

Year one

2014 has been about me trying to find my feet again. Throughout the year I've been doing my rehab on and off the bike - week in, week out! And I'm still doing so.

"I am honoured to be an Ambassador for the Sky brand, promoting the development of sport within the community and equally putting BMX on the map and helping to change the stereotypical negative image that people have of kids on their BMX."

Quillan Isidore

It is safe to say this year has been extremely tough for me; trying to juggle college work, training, races and injuries - and trying to do well in all of them.

Sky has made such a positive impact on me being able to get all the treatment I needed to aid my recovery and I couldn't thank them enough. The support is something I could have only dreamt of, giving me once in a lifetime opportunities that are really something.

Setting me up with Darren Campbell as a mentor is something special. For a man of his calibre to be only a phone call away is crazy if you ask me! Sky has definitely made my recovery a lot less stressful. Having the backing of such a huge company has really helped boost my confidence.

The highlight of my year would have to be winning my first Elite Men national round in only my second race back from injury. How far I've come with my rehab compared to where I was earlier this year is quite exciting and, now that I’m at the final stage of it, is a big relief for me.

I wouldn't highlight anything negative about the year but it has been a big learning curve. If I could go back and tell myself one thing, it would have to be not to rush into things as quickly as I did. Taking my time would have allowed me to perform better when it came to World Champs and other competitions. This year has been very tough in every way and it's not just matured me as an athlete, but as a person