Honor McCabe has stepped up a rank at the recent BMXNZ nationals.
The 8-year-old, of Waimahaka, came second at the championships held in Rotorua.
After coming third at last year’s tournament, Honor said she was “pretty proud” of her achievement.
“I was excited to get a new plate for my bike.”
Her goal for next year was to achieve first place, she said.
There were about 500 contestants who competed at the event which was held over two days.
She competed in the 8- and 9-year-old combined class and raced seven heats.
“My favourite heat to compete in was the finals because I got second.
“[In the finals] I was shocked when I was racing because at the start there was a big crash in front of me.”
The collision distracted her for a moment but she focused on “pedalling fast and pumping lots,” she said.
In order to prepare for her heats, she would watch other riders, she said.
She enjoyed watching the elite riders.
“Liam Goodwin is pretty awesome because he does big jumps and goes really fast.”
One of her favourite parts of the competition was meeting and getting her posters signed by the elite riders.
The overall trip to nationals was fun.
“It was my first plane ride and I got to see Mt Cook through the plane window.”
At the event she met new people and made new friends.
“I met some girls who were really friendly and helpful.
“We started talking about BMX and then we had heaps in common.”
Family and friends in the North Island also came to support Honor.