Youngest rider’s ready to rumble at world championships

TEYA Rufus is young enough to hold no fear of tomorrow.

She's seven and a tearaway, who's been racing since she was three.

She's also one of the real hopes at next week's world championships in New Zealand.

If there's a better young rider in Australia at the moment, he or she is not yet known.

Competitors are made aware there will be no official top 16 lists for the seven-and-under category at nationals because sport's supposed to be about fun at that age.

So when race weekend came, Teya claimed every single event in her class, leaving no doubt about who was number one, at least.

Her dad Jason, the Maryborough BMX Club president, said he had never pushed his daughter to race - if anything, he said it was the other way around.

She's obviously persistent, though, because come Friday nights at the Maryborough BMX Club, all six of the Rufus family can be found racing around the track.

When asked about his daughter's chances, Rufus didn't give much away, other than to say he was "quietly hopeful she will come back with something special".

Teya Rufus, 7, won all her races at the Australian championships. She has been riding BMX since she was three.
Teya Rufus, 7, won all her races at the Australian championships. She has been riding BMX since she was three. Robyne Cuerel


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