Riding his way to the top

Two years ago when eight-year-old Tàen Lee Govender’s parents stumbled upon the Alexandra Park bike track, little did they know that one day their little boy would be placed as the top rider in the National Age Group BMX Challenge Series and the SA National BMX Championships that was held there recently.
His mother, Prinola Govender, said that after moving from Durban they wanted to find activities that Tàen could be involved in.
“As we were checking the area we passed the Alexandra track. We saw children there riding their bikes. We stopped and allowed Tàen to play around. Thereafter we got him a bike and he started to practice. He is now ranked number one in South Africa in his age group,” she said.
The grade two Merchiston learner started riding at the age of six and since then he has not stopped.
On the weekend of October 5th, 6th and 7th Pietermaritzburg hosted the National Age Group BMX Challenge Series and the SA National BMX Championships where riders from around South Africa battled for their place in the championship.
On the Saturday in NAG’s series Tàen rode against several other boys and took gold medals in both legs, making him the top rider for 2018 in the boys eight-years expert category.
On the Sunday he rode in the SA Championships against all the expert and novice eight-year-old boys. He took first place four times in four races making him the proud title holder of SA1 in the boys eight-year-old category.
In 2016, he was placed third in the South African championships. In 2017, he was the youngest rider selected to represent South Africa in the Afcon BMX Championship held in Zimbabwe and he received African Federations Colours for this. He was the only one who represented Kwa-Zulu Natal. He took part in the 2017 SA Championships.
Like any boy his age, he enjoys doing activities that involve experimenting with science and has become disciplined with the activities he has to partake in.
“Tàen knows what to do on each day. He completes his homework and once he is done, he watches television for a little while and prepares for the next day. He knows that he has to train for three days a week and has to attend to other sporting activities also, like swimming. On the days when weather is inclement and he cannot train, he compensates for it with extra practice. He enjoys chess with his father and simply loves engaging in activities that involve science experiments,” said his mother.
“As a family, we are absolutely proud of Tàen. His dad, sister and I love what he does. When he does race in Durban then it is extremely special as he then has a support system that includes his aunts and other family members. His father and I are planning to take him for the World Championships next year that will be held in the Belgium if we do hopefully get enough sponsorships,” said Prinola.

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Shorne' Bennie

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