Baylee Luttrell | Sport

Baylee Luttrell | Sport

My name is Baylee Luttrell and I am an 18 year old BMX athlete. I have been racing since I was 4 years old and I have been to 8 world championships, with my best placing being world number 4. For the past two years I haven been racing in Europe for the European season, gaining valuable race experience in my first two years of junior elite before moving into the elite class in 2020. BMX has taught me many valuable life lessons such as determination, resilience, and optimism. All of these values have been put to the test this year. In January, one week after the national championships, I suffered several spinal fractures during a training accident. I was unable to walk without the assistance of a walking frame for about two months and was in a neck brace for three months. After I recovered, I made it my goal to get back to 100% to be selected for the World Championships in July. I achieved this goal but during the official practise at the world championships, my forks snapped on my bike resulting in a crash and having to pull out of racing. This was pretty devastating and it took a massive hit on my confidence. I remain in high spirits and am training hard for the 2020 season to give myself the best chance of achieving my goals.

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February 26, 2020

Baylee Luttrell | Sport

Baylee Luttrell | Sport

I’m Baylee Luttrell, a nineteen year old BMX athlete from Hamilton. I started racing at four years old and have spent the last 16 years racing and travelling all over the world for BMX. Being an athlete in an extreme sport has taught me to appreciate life in the present and make the most of all that is in front of you, because you never know when it will be taken away. The last two years saw my most challenging times, suffering two near career ending injuries due to BMX. Negotiating the recovery process both physically and mentally brought out some of the values that years in BMX have taught me- being determined to not let fear get the better of me, being resilient to all the ups and downs that come with recovery, and being optimistic in times that feel like there is no hope. Over the last three years I have been fortunate enough to split my time between New Zealand and Europe, racing and training during the summer months. Being able to race all year round for the last few years has been vital in my development as an athlete.

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August 24, 2020