Two young sporting heroes from Merton were presented with trophies at this week’s full council meeting after winning the first ever Sophie Hosking Legacy award.
Lily Walters, aged 13 and Dexter Razzell, aged 10, were awarded by the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Krystal Miller, for being the most improved male and female riders at the Merton BMX track in 2013.
The young people were put forward by the Merton Saints BMX Club who are based at the track in Mitcham. Dexter, who started his BMX journey when the track first opened in 2012, has gone from a novice to expert rider representing Merton in last year’s London Youth Games. Lily, who also started as a beginner, competed in the Youth Games and gained a top four spot in the London series of BMX.
Following Sophie Hosking’s London 2012 Olympic Games success, it was agreed by all political parties in Merton to have an award made annually in her name to encourage participation and improvement in sport.
Mayor of Merton, Councillor Krystal Miller said: “Lily and Dexter embody everything this award is about. They have shown the willingness and determination to practise and become better at the sport they love, congratulations to them both.”
Merton’s cabinet member for community and culture, Councillor Nick Draper said: “Congratulations to Lily and Dexter who have shown tremendous dedication to improve their BMX skills. They are worthy winners of the Sophie Hosking Legacy award and I hope they will inspire other young people to excel in sports.”
Notes to editor
– Last year 1700 people used the BMX track
– BMX has been delivered for six to ten weeks to 10 Merton primary schools and two Merton senior schools. Two after school clubs are run at the track for Lonesome and St Marks Academy.
– On Sunday 8 June, Merton will be hosting the London Youth Games BMX event at the BMX track. Thirty-two boroughs will be competing in a day of competition, entrance is free to spectators.
– Free BMX classes are available for over 14s every Monday at the BMX track. For more info visit www.merton.gov.uk/bmx-track