Oldham rising star controls anxiety in bid to head to BMX world championships

Reporter: Jess Reeves
Date published: 23 May 2019

Anxiety sufferer and national BMX rider Kaylen Davies overcomes her long-term fears and qualifies for world championships.

14-year old Kaylen from High Crompton in Shaw has competed among the top 16 riders in the UK and now hopes to make her debut at the competition, that hosts races involving nearly 5,000 riders.

Kaylen has participated in 12 BMX riding rounds across the country including in Manchester, Bournemouth and Glasgow. Her family now hope to gather the funds to fulfil her dream of becoming a world champion in the demanding sport.

Her desire to ride began during a family trip to the National Cycling Centre at Platt Fields in Manchester, for her family this was a hobby but for Kaylen it became a passion.

Kaylen’s dad, Allan Davies said, “She’s been doing it now for about 4 years and we want to do all we can and will do anything to keep her going to where she needs to be.”

Kaylen has suffered with anxiety from a young age and turned to BMX riding to overcome her fears.

Allan said, “She’s suffered with anxiety for years and it’s usually in social situations. When she gets up there and does her BMX riding, it seems to help it a lot. It doesn’t stop her.

The main pressure we face is the financial commitments, we’ve travelled all over the country with Kaylen and we will carry on sacrificing what we can for her, even small donations help towards things like accommodation.”

Her family are appealing for help with funding to enable all costs are covered for Kaylen’s trip to the world championships.

To sponsor Kaylen, contact Allan Davies on 07749 923218.

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