Sarah Walker, New Zealand's first Olympic BMX medallist, was born in Whakatane in 1988 and grew up in nearby Kawerau. She attended Kawerau South School and Trident High School in Whakatane. She started racing at the age of 10, in 1999. She'd watched her brother, Matt, riding BMX and thought it looked fun and wanted to have a go herself.

After a superb junior BMX career in which she was in the top three in the world, Walker finished runner-up at the 2007 world championships in Victoria, Canada, and won the cruiser class world title in her first year as an elite cyclist.

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Sarah's Games History

  • Olympic Summer Games London 2012

    • Cycling - BMX (Individual - Women)
      WomenBMX Final 38.133
      WomenBMX SF Heat 2 (all Runs) 12 Q
      WomenBMX Seeding Run 38.644 Q
  • Olympic Summer Games Beijing 2008

    • Cycling - BMX (Individual - Women)
      Final 38.805
      Semifinals Run 3 36.731 (1st)
      Semifinals Run 2 39.038 (3rd)
      Semifinals Run 1 37.499 (2nd)
      Seeding Run 2 37.549 (3)
      Seeding Run 1 37.187
      Placed 4 of 16