Surprise win for rider Izzy

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BMX starlet Izzy Ferrada has been won the first ever Greg Rutherford SportsAid ‘Athlete of the Year’ award at Jurys Inn.

The 17-year-old rider was nominated by British Cycling in recognition of her performance and potential shown throughout 2013.

The award was sponsored by Milton Keynes College, who will be liaising with Izzy over college visits and promotional activities over the next 12 months.

In the introduction to the Award, Roger Fennemore of SportsAid said: “This Award is not just down to Izzy’s sporting success – she won the British BMX Championships this year for 17-29 females.

“It’s also a recognition of what she gives back to the community in Milton Keynes. She will be a great ambassador for sport to young people this coming year.”

Speaking after picking up the gong, Izzy said: “It’s a great honour to receive this Award. I was not expecting it!

“I hope that I shall be able to fulfil all that is expected of me. I really look forward to working alongside Milton Keynes College in promoting sports to their students.”

As a qualified British Cycling Level 1 Coach, Izzy helps coach and have fun with kids of all abilities at local schools, including Slated Row and White Spire.

This is on top of her popular regular visits to schools showcasing BMX racing, inspiring students of all ages to take up sports.

In 2014, she will also become a fully qualified Fitness Trainer.