Douglas Park rider is world number seven in BMX

Goodluck trying to get this speedster off the BMX track.

Douglas Park’s Isla Basa got on a bike when she was three and her mother hasn’t been able to get her off since.

The eight-year-old went to the BMX World Titles in America in July and now is seventh in the world.

Isla said she “felt good” and “happy” to make it to the final race at the championship.

“It was very hot that day and it was hard to make it to the final because there were many good riders,” she said.

In Isla’s age group there were 41 girls from around the world.

On the day Isla competed in two qualifying races, a quarter-final and a semi-final where she was determined to make it to the final.

Isla’s mum Yvonne and five other families from Macarthur BMX Club cheered on Isla during the final race.

“Every child dreams of making it the final race,” Ms Basa said.

“To make it to the top eight is a great achievement.

“I was crying when she made it the final race.

“I am super proud of her.”

Ms Basa said Isla trained twice a week at the Macarthur BMX Club’s track in Elderslie.

“One day she goes to the track and rides around for fun for a couple of hours,” she said.

“Isla also goes to coaching where she is taught techniques. She is learning to jump and manage the bike better.”

Isla said she loved to ride because she liked being outside and it kept her fit.

“I like to ride my bike nearly every day,” she said.

Isla had a stellar year – she  came second in Australia at the National Titles in Brisbane earlier this year and came second in Oceania in the nine-year-old girls final.

She was first over the line during the ACT State Titles eight-year-old girls race and was the NSW State series winner.

Isla is also one of five Australian riders sponsored by SE Factory Racing.

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