BMX star Jordan Smith targets Team GB after treble title win

Jordan Smith, 19, (l) and Nathan Wood, 12, have both won British BMX titles. Picture: Andrew Roe
Jordan Smith, 19, (l) and Nathan Wood, 12, have both won British BMX titles. Picture: Andrew Roe

Olympic hopeful Jordan Smith has recovered from a broken back to win three prestigious titles this summer.

The 19-year-old - who is in contention to ride for Team GB - was on course for the big time before fracturing his spine and breaking his hand this time last year.

But the Balby BMX star is firmly back on track after landing a National Series, British Championships and Midlands Championships treble little more 12 months after his career-threatening injury.

Smith also celebrated victory this month on his home track at Balby Carr Sports College - starring alongside Doncaster BMX Racing teammate Nathan Wood.

His mother Julie told the Free Press: “A year ago Jordan broke his back at the British Championships but he’s fought through it.

“At the time we all thought he might not ride again.

“But he’s trained and trained constantly to overcome the injury - so it’s a massive achievement to do what he has this year.

“I didn’t want him to race again but he’s got such a passion for it, he just had to do it.

“From a very young age Jordan has loved bikes, he started in Hexthorpe Park and it’s just gone on from there.

“His ultimate aim is to ride at the Olympics,” she added.

“He’s got lots of contacts with the British team so it’s a case of watch this space really.”

Smith most recently tasted success at the Midlands Championships, held earlier this month at Balby Carr, by topping the Male 17-24 category.

Wood, 12, came close to completing a memorable Doncaster double by finishing second in the Male 13 category.

Smith’s summer got off to a dream start when he was crowned winner of the British Cycling BMX National Series in July, edging out Balby Academy’s Dominic Skidmore to top the 93-strong leaderboard after the nine-race series.

Wood also became a national champion in the Male 12 category, beating off competition from 48 other riders to take the crown.

Last month Smith also returned to the British Championships - the scene of his horrific injury - to win another title.