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Sarah Walker  IOC Member, Athletes Commission Olympic Silver Medalist, London, 2012 3x BMX World Champion Living courageously Twitter: @swbmx


Still don't understand why @lauraasmulders dad wouldn't let me run my #bespoke number plate!? #96 #ikea #cardboard #doesthejob

Juuuummmmpppp iiiiiiiitttttt!!!! Honestly so stoked to be getting comfortable & confident on the SX hill again, but definitely should have jumped that triple! πŸ˜…πŸ™ˆ

Expectations & pressure... My first year in Elite was back in 2007 & here we are 10 years later going for that number 1 spot!

The expectation to win is so much higher at a National race than an International one and with that comes more pressure.

At the end of the day, all we can really do (in any situation), is our best. So I focussed on my start process: Roll on straight, clip in, stand up, set body, roll wrists forward, breathe and watch for the red light. Go! The gate drops and all I can do is pedal as hard as I can & be as smooth as I can around the track.

No matter what my emotions are (excited, nervous, scared, happy, sad, angry, etc), my process will always be the same. If I do that process the best that I can, I will ride my best and the result will be what follows, whether it's first/fourth/eighth/last.

So, as that expectation and pressure was there, I brought myself back to that process, raced the best that I could on the day and my result this time was winning the National Title.

It was the hardest National Title I've raced for and that credit goes to Rebecca Petch for the intensity of that battle!

Massive thanks to the Te Awamutu BMX Club for what they achieved - two cyclones in the 2 weeks before Nationals and the track was incredible to ride on. Also another massive thanks to the volunteers for making the days run smoothly.

#honesty #expectations #allin

Carry on essentials: change of clothes, headphones, skincare, hairbrush, passport & GALAXY S8 😍

Questions? Suggestions?
#flatlay #carryon #travel #samsung #galaxys8

Big few weeks coming up & this photo sums it up!
Riding as fast as I can to battle for the NZ sleeve tomorrow at Nationals then heading to Holland for the first World Cup!

Excited to see where I'm at but will be focusing on doing my best! #100percent

What a memorable day!!! Had an Airforce A109 helicopter ride down to the RNZAF Base in Ohakea to speak at their sports awards & try out the helicopter simulator! Even got the Prime Minister's / #VIP "King Air" plane to get back home!
Thanks for the incredible experience but all the best to the guys helping out around the country & doing an amazing job! πŸ‘Š #nextlevel

So stoked to have as much style as @jessie_smithbmx! Awesome racing today at the pre-nats & stoked to come away with the win!

Back into it after a week without riding the track, but more concerned about the people of Edgecumbe & wishing them all the very best! πŸ’™

Snorkel βœ…
SUP βœ…
Relax βœ…

Training for the day: 1 lap of the Island on a stand up paddle board 😎

#SUP #Tivua #legsandcore

Bula 😍 #ONOC

On the edge of the tallest tower in New Zealand without safety attachments taking a selfie with the new #samsungs8 πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…πŸ™ˆ #dontlookdown #GS8NZ

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