A Harrogate junior school pupil is making a name for himself in the world of motorcycle trials riding.
Elliot Payne, who is in Year 6 at Ashville Junior School, is becoming so adept at flinging his 80 cc machine around a trials course that he now competing against riders twice his age.
The 11-year-old member of Ripon Motor Club was presented with two trophies at an annual dinner and prize presentation .
These were for Most Improved Rider of 2013 and the Blythe Trophy, having come first in the 2013 Acklam’s Motorcycling Summer Series.
Elliot, who lives near Brimham Rocks, took up the sport – where competitors have to steer their bikes over a number of obstacles without putting their feet down – four years ago.
In addition to training at Ripon Motor Club, Elliot regularly practises on farmland near his rural home.
Elliot said: “I really enjoy trials riding and have taken part in a number of competitions in the region.
“Even though I’m 11 I’m now competing against adults as I kept beating riders of my own age.
“ I ride a Big Wheels Beta 80cc bike and I’d love to go as far as I can in the sport.
“My hero is Toni Bou who has been the world champion for the past five years.”
Jonathan Dolman, head of Ashville Junior School said: “We are very proud of Elliot and his achievements to date.
“Here at Ashville Junior School, we encourage our students to get involved in a diverse range of sporting activities.
“We have pupils who are proving exceptional at rugby, football, netball, cricket horse riding and now motorsport.
“Elliot is now training for the start of the 2014 season and we wish him every success.”
lTeam GB gymnast and Junior European Champion, Nile Wilson, visited Ashville College to speak about his achievements and plans for the future.
The 18-year-old from Pudsey, has recently returned from a training camp in Mexico as part of his training for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, which he hopes to compete in should he stay free from injury.
During his visit to Ashville College, Nile led an assembly where he spoke about his early training, difficulties with injury and his performances to date – seeing him take home a total of 118 medals.
Nile also spoke to pupils about his plans for the future.
These are set to includescompeting at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and potentially the next Olympic Games in Brazil - after which he led a gym lesson for some of the school’s Year 7 boys.
Ashville College Director of Sport, Phil Holmes, said: “Nile’s visit has been a fantastic insight into the life of one of the UK’s top young sportspeople.
“His assembly was truly inspirational, speaking about overcoming the difficulties following serious injuries and the hard work and training necessary to achieve success.”