Aiming for the Worlds
AT JUST seven years of age, Leath Rodighiero is already on track to BMX fame.
The Gympie rider has just returned home from the Nerang Nationals with a first place in the eight-years-and-under class.
The Nerang Nationals is the only Oceania rated race held in Australia this year and Leath blitzed the field.
His fastest lap time of 42.6 seconds in the 400m sprint was two seconds faster than his closest rival.
At only seven, the time was quick enough to place him first in nine-year age group and third in the ten-year age group at the titles.
The pocket dynamo is now training hard at his home track, preparing for a chance to represent Australia at the World Titles to be held in London.
The Worlds will be held on the BMX track set aside for the 2012 Olympics.
Leath needs to finish in the top three at the upcoming Australian titles in Mount Gambia to book a spot on the plane to London.
His father and coach, Chris Rodighiero, said Leath was in good shape to finish in the top three.
"He won the Australian title last year as a seven year old in Cairns," Chris said.
"He is looking good. In Nerang he competed against the best in Australia."
During the three-day event, Leath qualified number one in the final after winning six qualifying races and a semi-final.
Leath has been riding BMX since he was four and has always had a goal to win a national title.
In the final, he said he just went as fast as he could.
"I went hard on the inside of the corners, kept low and came out of the corners high," Leath said.
"I just peddled my hardest."
The youngster trains on the track four days a week with two days mixed with sprint work and circuit training, and the other two days fine tuning his riding skills on the bike.
He said he would love to compete on the world stage.
"Its fun, I love the competition," Leath said.
"Maybe I might do good (at the nationals)," Leath said.
"Maybe I will get first or second."
If the youngster does qualify to go to London it will be a busy time for the Rodighiero family.
They will have to travel to Mount Gambia and then to London before returning home for the South Queensland Championship that is being held in Gympie over the June long weekend.
After that, they are on the road again to Cairns for the Queensland titles.