BMX rider Oscar will race for Team GB

Five-year-old Oscar Booth with his family
Five-year-old Oscar Booth with his family

Oscar Booth is only five-year-old - but he has already achieved something that many sportsmen dream of.

For the bike-mad youngster has qualified to represent Great Britain in the BMX world championships.

Five-year-old Oscar Booth

Five-year-old Oscar Booth

He secured his place after racing in four rounds of the British BMX Series and qualified in the category for children aged six and under.

Oscar will travel to Heusden-Zolder in Belgium with his family to compete next month.

His proud mum Vickie, of Maytree Court, Adlington, said: “He understands what he’s doing and knows he’s racing for Team GB. He’s really excited.

“He is waiting to get his Team GB top and is checking the post every day.”

“He is waiting to get his Team GB top and is checking the post every day.”

Mum Vickie Booth

Oscar, a pupil at St Wilfrid’s CE Primary School in Standish, has loved bikes since he was two years old.

It was then he went to the indoor BMX track at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester to start balance biking - riding a bicycle with no pedals and using his legs to move.

He competed in the Strider World Cup when he was three and four, before starting to do BMX sessions a few weeks after his fourth birthday.

Oscar joined Preston Pirates BMX Club and competed in his first BMX last year.

He has since competed in regional and national races around the country and is enjoying the sport.

Vickie, 38, said: “We are really proud of him. He was always quite shy when he was younger and it’s given him a lot of confidence.

“He really works hard at it as well. He loves it and really enjoys it. He has made so many friends from doing it.”

Oscar wears a lot of protective gear when racing, including body armour, gloves and a helmet, and fortunately has not been injured.

And Oscar is not the only member of the family to enjoy getting in the saddle - his three-year-old brother Noah is following in his tracks and dad Matt, 40, who enjoyed road cycling, has taken up BMX racing too.

Vickie said: “We do it as a family. My younger boy does balance bike racing and Oscar does his race and my husband races in the older age category. It’s for all of us.”