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Preston Pirates BMX star wins Young Achiever sports award

Posted on - 3rd January, 2021 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Fishwick, Leyland, People, Preston News, South Ribble News, Sport
Leon Parker-Livesey at the Preston Pirates track Pic: Simon Parker
Leon Parker-Livesey at the Preston Pirates track Pic: Simon Parker

A Preston Pirates BMX star has won the Young Achievers – Under 21 category at the GLL Preston Sports Awards.

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Leon Parker-Livesey, who turns 16 this month, beat off competitors from a wide age range and a variety of sports.

The awards, organised by UCLan, are now in their 15th year. The latest ceremony in December was hosted by ITV Granada’s Paul Crone.

A keen BMX biker from a young age, Leon has risen through the ranks at Preston Pirates BMX Club, which is based at Fishwick Recreation Ground.

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The BMX ace became British Champion in the Male 15 category in 2019. He had qualified to represent Great Britain at the BMX World Championships in Houston, Texas, until the competition was cancelled due to Covid-19.

Following this success, Leon has set his sights on securing a place on Team GB at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

Leon Parker-Livesey  became British Champion in 2019 Pic: Simon Parker
Leon became British Champion in 2019 Pic: Simon Parker

Leon, who is from Leyland, is known for being a supportive teammate who mentored younger riders at Preston Pirates before he was invited to train at the National Cycling Centre.

Despite the lack of competition this year, Leon has continued to train both on and off the track to maintain his skills and fitness for future events.

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Mark Seaman, former GB BMX Coach, said: “It’s great to see all Leon’s hard work being appreciated. It’s always a pleasure to coach him.”



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