‘The secret is belief. Belief in the youth, belief in myself and belief in my team.’
Urging others to step back from the vicious cycle of crime and a constant struggle to remain in education; Shane Francis, an 18 year old from Stockwell, found a passion for BMX through Peckham BMX Club, one of the BMX Legacy Project’s partner clubs, which has significantly helped to calm his frustrations and redirect his energy to his potential Olympic success…
“BMX saved my life…”
Shane was kicked out of school at 14 years of age for bad behaviour which led to poor decisions resulting in Shane getting in trouble with the police.
“School just didn’t agree with me. I could not cope and got into arguments. I was misguided and on and off police bail.”
Now Southern Region Champion for the 17-29 age group in 2013, Shane describes “BMX calmed me down. It has changed my personality. The sport is part of me now. The discipline has really helped. I try to be a role model for boys who are younger than me.”
Shane’s hard work and determination to turn his life around and achieve success in BMX is evident as he now endeavours to achieve a podium finish in the upcoming British Championships!
In the meantime, alongside CK Flash, Peckham BMX Club leader, Shane will take part in the London Cycle Sportive on the 11th of May 2014. The ride, finishing at Herne Hill Velodrome, will support Access Sport and help us continue to transform more lives through sport!
Shane, Pro Cyclist Ben Swift & CK Flash
To secure your FREE charity place in the upcoming FT London Cycle Sportive please email LCS@accesssport.org.uk