Barton Peveril’s Regional BMX Champion
Barton Peveril Sixth Form College student Aimee Bancroft has won the South Regional BMX Championships for the second consecutive year. This year’s event took place at Hayes Hawkes BMX Course in London and played host to the region’s best BMX cyclists.
Bancroft, who is vying for national and international titles in the coming season, earned her place in the invitation-only event after a strong start to the season that saw her win an interclub competition held at Bournemouth BMX Track on 25th October.
Despite a limited number of racing opportunities, the Barton Peveril student has had a successful year. Bancroft was signed by Mongoose Factory BMX Team UK earlier in the academic year, which has enabled her to develop her riding skills, as well as receiving sponsorship from environmentally friendly sports clothing brand Presca, sports equipment brand Kitbrix Bags, and local physiotherapist Faith Fisher at Hampshire Physiotherapy.
Barton Peveril’s Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) Student
The Barton Peveril student also benefits from the College’s Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS). The scheme helps Bancroft maintain her strong level of study whilst competing at a high,
national level. Bancroft has also been selected for the National School of Racing’s (NSR) Talent Development Programme for the third consecutive year. The NSR Talent Development Programme is coordinated in association with British Cycling, helping to nurture 30 of the country’s most talented cyclists (15 male and 15 female) across the BMX, Mountain Biking, Circuit and Track (females only), and Track and Sprint disciplines.
Speaking on her success, Bancroft said:
“I’m super stoked and happy that I’ve defended my title, being the only girl in my age at the final stage of the competition I decided to race the men – it was pretty tough but I was slowly catching up with them throughout the day!”
Barton Peveril’s Aimee Bancroft hopes her success continues, in her bid to turn her passion into her profession.
Earlier this academic year, Aimee was interviewed by BBC South Today about her success. Watch the interview below: