Young trials rider aiming to be number one
SARAH Chivers has given herself 12 months to get faster.
Second-best in Australia was not good enough for the 15-year-old, who can't wait for another chance at the Australian Junior Women's Moto Trials Championship next year.
A trip to Tasmania for the national championship this month put her in second place, but Chivers is giving herself only a little time to enjoy the success.
From here on, she will be practising moto trials whenever she can, which is all about keeping balanced over all sorts of obstacles - logs, rocks, steep embankments and river crossings.
Every time a foot hits the ground, a rider incurs a penalty point. That's what Chivers is desperate to avoid.
She finished with seven points, five behind winner Aurora Hartshorn.
"I was hoping to come first but second is awesome," she said.
"I have one more year left. I will be really getting my finger out and practising.
"I will really get in and do it in the summer, when school is done."
While she won't be leaning on the ground for support throughout the championships or training all year, dad Brent and mother Kim will be around to lean on.
Involved heavily with the Central Queensland Trials Club and riding as well, the Chivers family is ready to deliver Sarah as an Australian champion.
"Long term is either next year or the year after (to) go overseas for trials competitions," she said.
"And to get onto the Australian team."