Born to race . . . Practising her biking skills for the BMXNZ national championship is Honor McCabe. PHOTO: VALU MAKA

Honor McCabe is hoping to improve her placing at the BMXNZ National championships next month.

The 8-year-old from Waimahaka finished in third place at the competitions held in Christchurch last year.

She could not wait to attend the nationals held in Rotorua this year, she said.

“I can’t wait to ride my bike and make new friends.”

Her favourite part of racing was riding around the bends and doing the jumps.

“I love going fast.”

Honor’s mother, Darlene McCabe, said they were busy fundraising to get to Rotorua.

Some of the ways they had raised funds for the event included selling a trailer of firewood and raffling a sheep.

They were “blown away” by the support they received from the community, she said.

“I can’t believe we are three-quarters of the way there.”

They had also received grants from the MLT and Toi Tois Tokanui Lions Club.

“The community has been great and we have been so grateful for the support we have got from our friends and family.”

Honor was putting in hours of extra practice as she prepared for the championships, Mrs McCabe said.

“At home we’ve got a big hill so she’s been riding up and down it and also doing sprints with her brother down the driveway.”

Mrs McCabe noticed her daughter’s passion for BMX riding at a young age.

“We took her to a BMX track and on her third time down she fell off and hit her chin.

“But it didn’t affect her — she just got back up and kept riding —and she has loved it ever since.”

She acknowledged the Southland BMX club for their support in providing a space for children to do what they love and to feel supported.