DAREDEVIL teenager Andrew Sturrock is proving he is the wheel deal after competing at national championships.
But the 16-year-old is looking for a bit of extra help in order to see him progress to the next stage and become a professional BMX star competing on the world stage.
The Billingham-born teenager is studying a BTEC sport course at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, in Blakelock Road, but his main passion in life is riding his bike and he has been racing since the age of 10.
Andrew’s dad Paul Sturrock was a former professional himself in the 1980s and was among the best riders in the country – and his son is now looking to follow in his footsteps.
But to do that he is appealing for sponsorship to help pay for his travel, accommodation and entry fees for more competitions around the country but also abroad including America.
Andrew, a former Northfield School pupil, races for Fastlane BMX and has achieved national level, where he is currently ranked 41st in his age group after a tough year full of injuries.
But he is ranked fourth in the whole of the North and is looking to progress further.
Andrew, from the Low Grange area of Billingham, said: “I have had the opportunity to race at elite level and in the next couple of years I am looking to be turning elite/pro and race against the fastest people in the world.
“I already compete at a national level but I want to take it a step further and become a professional and follow in my dad’s footsteps.
“I have grown up around BMXs and love to ride them and want to take part in the BMX Supercross event in California and other tournaments like that.”
His current sponsors include Fastlane, Supercross and ONeal but he is looking for a main backer to push him onto that next stage in his career.
Andrew – who harbours ambitions of one day competing in the Olympics – added: “I want to thank the current sponsors I already have and just urge others to come on board and help me achieve my dreams.”
Andrew trains at Summerhill Country Park with the North East BMX club and is one of many elite sport stars at the Sixth Form College, who have continued with their sports while also studying.
Helen Brown, PE tutor at the college, said: “He is so quiet and he doesn’t really shout about his excellent achievements.
“It would be great if a business or individual were to come forward and become Andrew’s main sponsor.
“We are all very proud of him.”
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