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Walker feeling 'really confident' for BMX ride

Published: 7:42PM Tuesday August 07, 2012 Source: ONE Sport

She may hail from the little New Zealand town of Kawerau, but Kiwi BMX rider Sarah Walker isn't letting her grass roots hold her back from the big dream.

After just missing out on a medal with a fourth place finish in Beijing, Walker will be looking to make something of London when she takes to the track on Thursday morning.

And if recent sporting events are anything to go by, Walker should medal this time around.

She's been working with the same Sport's Psychologist that brought the Chiefs to their first ever super rugby cup glory and the Magic their first ever trans-Tasman's championship cup.

Walker says it's helped her get in the zone.

"He's just worked with me about how to prepare for this, how to be confident and how to actually believe in myself which is quite hard when you're coming from a little town of Kawerau in New Zealand."

The kiwi hopeful says she's completely recovered after suffereing a dislocated shoulder four months ago, crashing out of the UCI Supercross World Cup event in Norway.

"I feel pretty much 100%, feeling really confident in my riding ability," she says.

After just missing out on a medal with a fourth place finish in Beijing, Walker will be looking to make something of London and is considered a real BMX medal chance.

And Walker is not the only kiwi in the running.

World No.4 Marc Willers also missed out in Beijing, crashing in the quarterfinals.

But this time around he's confident about his preperation.

"This year's been based a lot more around just buildling up until this one and so in the next couple of days it's going to be coming on strong."

Since making its debut at the Olympics four years ago, BMX has proven to be incredibly popular. The London event has been sold out for months and kicks off Thursday morning (NZT).

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