Gore dazzles at inter-provincials

HARARE - Rising BMX rider Emmanuel Gore re-affirmed his growing status as one of the hottest emerging riders in the country after winning the 2016 Zimbabwe BMX Inter-Provincial Series held in Bulawayo over the weekend.

The St John’s Preparatory School, Grade Two pupil, buoyed by his recent exploits in South Africa where he came second in the SA BMX National Age Groups Series, finished first after getting the better of his opponents in the seven-year-olds category.

En-route to the big price, Gore came second in the opening two qualifying legs before he blitzed the field in the final to add another accolade to his growing trophy cabinet.

The weekend victory was a fitting achievement for the six-year-old having settled for second place in last year’s inter-provincials in his debut in the sport. 

And after celebrating Emmanuel’s win in front of a good crowd, his mother Ashleigh who accompanied her six-year-old to Busters BMX track in Bulawayo could not hide her joy.

“It was a tight race though but God saw him through,” Ashleigh told the Daily News.

“The first place wasn’t just given to him but he worked for it. I am happy he is doing well and is enjoying the sport. It’s quite a great achievement for him and I hope he keeps working hard.”

While Emmanuel’s success can be attributed to natural talent, his mother said he has taken the initiative on his own to work as hard as he can to be the best rider on the track.

“One thing about him is he loves the sport and is very committed. He wants to grow in the sport and he dreams of one day being like Conner Fields, the Olympic champion in BMX.

“I think his future is bright because he wants BMX. It’s not us pushing him but he pushes us and all we do is try and support. God willing we believe he will go places.”

Gore’s victory at the weekend came hard on the heels of another impressive display in South Africa earlier this month where he came second in the SA BMX National Age Groups Series.

Gore’s racing skills have already seen him being crowned the Zimbabwe nationals champion in his first year on the track last year, which earned him respect amongst the riders at the Harare BMX Club, a fitting achievement by the young rider.

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