Words & Photos by Joanne Coates
“It’s my life” says Sophie, a 12 year-old from Manchester, when I ask her what BMX means to her.
It’s a dark, rainy, winter’s day at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester and I’m here to photograph the girls BMX team. I catch glimpses of them as they whizz around the track with seemingly no fear. They all have a real passion for this sport – and it shows.
“I feel more confident performing in all parts of my life, BMX has given me this…”
Olivia, aged 15, has long brown hair. She’s smart, confident and has just been around the track a few times. Her smile is evidence of how much she loves it.
Olivia first got into BMX after watching her older brother race – and knew it was the sport for her. But what does she think of the female scene?
“It’s not that it’s harder for girls to get into the sport,” she says. “Girls just need a little more motivation. The UK scene is underrated. BMX gives you new knowledges. When you come to the track, you leave knowing you’ve learnt something new that day.”