"I LOVE the challenges it brings, the speed and ultimately love the adrenaline rush you get" says a passionate Katie O'Neill after being presented with the All Ireland Junior Women BMX National Championship Award and Champions Jersey at Saturday's Cycling Ireland Awards in Dublin.
It's the second year running that the student from Sancta Maria College, Rathfarnham has claimed the accolade. "I train everyday a combination of sprints, core work, gym work and track. I am very involved with the new European-standard BMX track in Lucan" said O'Neill
"In order to challenge myself I race against the boys 15 years plus, the oldest in this category is 20 years, it's a tough age category but I hold my own and can compete at the top with them."
The Firhouse local admits that the sport has been really good for her and to her and will continue to give it 100 per cent with future goals already in motion.
"BMX is an Olympic sport since 2008 and one of the most exciting to watch. My goals for 2015 are to race every round of the British National Series and attend the Worlds in Zolder, Belgium. My other goal would be to get as many girls involved in this (sport) as possible" added O'Neill.
BMX racer Eoin Corrigan was also honoured when winning the All Ireland BMX Junior Men Championship Award and Champions Jersey for the second year in a row.
Under the watchful eye of his coach Kelvin Batey and BMX double World Masters Champion, the Ratoath College student is determined to fulfil his ambition of one day racing at the Olympic Games through working hard to achieve his ultimate dream.
In the meantime, the Meath native, who has also won the Irish National BMX Series three years in a row, will first look to defending his Leinster Championship title in February.