BMX: Otago rider third in world in his age-group

At just 7, Rory Meek is the third-best BMX rider in the world for his age.

Otago riders Avon Peel (21) and Toby (10) and Rory Meek (7) have had excellent results at the world BMX championships in the Netherlands.

Claiming his second world championship bronze in as many years, Rory showed phenomenal skills for a rider of his age.

Toby raced in the 10-year-old bracket, making it through the first round of pool stages, but ultimately could not make it through to the semifinals.

The championship was broken down into three preliminary races, followed by quarterfinals and finals. To advance, competitors required a top-four finish in their race.

''The brothers are such great riders because they just love being on the bike,'' Otago coaching co-ordinator Jason Wadsworth said.

''Whether it's BMX, downhill or cross-country, they are always riding.''

The Meek boys are coached by their father, and are now based in Hong Kong.

In no mean feat, University of Otago commerce student Peel progressed through two rounds of pool action, before being knocked out just short of the quarterfinal. Peel was competing in the highly competitive 17-24 bracket.

 -by Leni Ma'ai'i

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