Sarah Walker (BMX rider)

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Sarah Walker
Podium female.jpg
Walker (right) at the 2007 Supercross World Cup
Personal information
Full name Sarah Louise Walker
Nickname Shazza
Born (1988-07-10) 10 July 1988 (age 26)
New Zealand
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 74 kg (163 lb)
Team information
Current team Team NZ
Discipline BMX
Role Racer
Rider type Off road
Infobox last updated on
Aug 4, 2010

Sarah Walker (born 10 July 1988) is a New Zealand BMX racer. She won silver in the Women's BMX at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Walker was born in Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty, and grew up in nearby Kawerau.[1] She attended Kawerau South School[1] and Trident High School in Whakatane.[2]

In the 2008 season UCI Rounds, Walker won seven races, came 2nd in one race and didn't race two races. She was ranked number one in the world by the UCI in 2008,[3] and was one of the favourites to win the BMX women's event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, in the end she finished 4th.

Walker has won a total of twelve New Zealand 20" titles from 1999 to 2011.

On 25 July 2009, Walker won the BMX World Championship in Adelaide, Australia in both the Elite Women and the Elite Cruiser Women events.[4][5]

At the 2010 BMX World Championship in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, Walker finished second in the Elite Women's event, with first place going to Shanaze Reade. A crash during the Elite Cruiser event meant that Walker was not able hold onto her 2009 championship title.[6]

In 2011, Walker made the podium in three out of four World Cup Events to win the Overall World Cup Title, winning the Papendal Supercross in the Netherlands, 2nd at the Test Event in London and 3rd in South Africa. The fourth event was in USA where she finished 6th.[citation needed]

At the 2012 Supercross in Norway, Walker dislocated her shoulder which almost put her out of contention for the Olympics in London. After 6 weeks, she had to qualify for the Olympics at the World Championships in Birmingham, England where she did so with a 5th in the semi final.[7]

As well as competing in BMX events around the world, Walker has also been a sports ambassador for Beef + Lamb New Zealand since 2008.[8] She is a sponsored rider for Avanti Bikes, using their line of ABD BMX bikes when racing.[9]

Olympic career[edit]

Walker started her Olympic career in Beijing at the 2008 Summer Olympics, in the Women's BMX. In the medals race, she ran a time of 38.805, finishing 4th. In the same event at the 2012 Summer Olympics she got a silver medal, with a time of 38.644.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Shanks, Katee (24 September 2012). "Kawerau out in force to welcome Sarah Walker home". Rotorua Daily Post. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Caspari, Abigail (5 September 2005). "Riding her way to success". Rotorua Daily Post. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  3. ^ 2008 UCI BMX rankings: Individual Ranking - Women Elite. Overall Ranking
  4. ^ "Kiwi wins World BMX crown". Stuff.co.nz. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "BMX: Walker double world champ". The New Zealand Herald. NZPA. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Sarah Walker claims silver at BMX world champs". Stuff.co.nz. 1 August 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  7. ^ http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10808803=BMX: No medal but plenty of relief for Sarah Walker nzherald.co.nz
  8. ^ Sports Ambassador: Sarah Walker
  9. ^ Sarah Walker: Queen of the Track