THIS WEEK'S GUEST - 29th May 2013
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Sarah Walker - BMX Champion

Olympic Silver-medal winning BMX racer Sarah Walker was born in Whakatane

Sarah started her Olympic career in Beijing at the 2008 Summer Olympics, in the Women's BMX. In the medals race, she ran a time of 38.805, finishing 4th. In the same event at the 2012 Summer Olympics she got a silver medal, with a time of 38.644.

Walker has won a total of twelve New Zealand 20" titles from 1999 to 2011. On 25 July 2009, Walker won the BMX World Championship in Adelaide, Australia in both the Elite Women and the Elite Cruiser Women events.

At the 2010 BMX World Championship in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, Walker finished second in the Elite Women's event, with first place going to Shanaze Reade. A crash during the Elite Cruiser event meant that Walker was not able hold onto her 2009 championship title.

In 2011, Walker made the podium in three out of four World Cup Events to win the Overall World Cup Title, winning the Papendal Supercross in Holland, 2nd at the Test Event in London and 3rd in South Africa. The fourth event was in USA where she finished 6th. At the 2012 Supercross in Norway, Walker dislocated her shoulder which almost put her out of contention for the Olympics in London. After 6 weeks, she had to qualify for the Olympics at the World Championships in Birmingham, England where she did so with a 5th in the semi final, then going on to win the silver medal in her event. As well as competing in BMX events around the world, Walker has also been a sports ambassador for Beef + Lamb New Zealand since 2008. She is a sponsored rider for Avanti Bikes, using their line of ABD BMX bikes when racing.

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