HANNAH Stewart wants other youngsters to be motivated and aim high.
The 14-year-old from Two Rocks started riding a two-wheel motocross bike in December, joining the Wanneroo Junior Motocross Club in February.
She then competed in her first girl’s WAMX State Motocross Championship in May 5 where she finished second in the 85/100-125/250cc girls 12 to under-16 category.
“We are so proud of her as she has overcome huge obstacles in her life which has turned her into a passionate, determined girl who hopes to be on the podium after her next state championship in August at Wanneroo,” mum Tabatha Jones said.
“She raced against girls who have ridden bikes for years.”
Ms Jones said as a single mum, her family had “been through some tough times” and Hannah had been “strong and determined throughout it all”.
“She also supports her brother by wearing a ribbon on her kit for autism,” she said.
Hannah said she had been wanting to take up motocross for years.
“When I was little I went to the track to watch racing and I begged mum to do it for years and eventually I started this year,” she said.
“I love the feeling of being at the starting gates with adrenaline pumping through my body waiting for the gates to drop then the feeling I get flying through the air.
“Being my first year of riding, I’m already sitting second in the state championship and I’m more determined than ever to become the women’s national champion when I move to seniors and eventually become pro.”