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World championship dream a reality

World championship dream a  reality

“My dream is to ride for Australia, so why not!” said Sofie Kraft of Vine Vale regarding the upcoming 2016 FIM Women’s Trial World Championships.

Three rounds of the championship will allow Sofie to travel to Great Britain, Italy and France to compete solo against the best endurance motocross riders across the world to earn a world ranking.

Ranking number one in South Australia and sixth in Australia, there’s no doubt Sofie is ready to take on this once in a lifetime opportunity, which will test her limits and experience but leave her with skills, life lessons and memories.

Sofie’s trip isn’t going to come easy, with accommodation, flights, entry fees, bike hires, overseas racing licence and general living costs reaching well into the thousands.

“Competing in the world championship has been my dream and number one goal since I started riding, I hope people can get behind me and support me to truly make this a reality,” said Sofie, who has already raised just under $2,000.

Specialising in endurance, skills and balance rather than speed, Sofie says it’s the individual’s choice to compete in the Women’s Trial World Championship.

“To compete you’d want to get to a good standard and ranking in Australia, it isn’t a written law but you’d have a much better chance,” she said.

The first round is held on July 16 and 17 in Bradford, Great Britain, before Sofie returns home to compete in events and state rounds on South Australian soil.

“I’m so lucky I get to travel with my friend from Sydney, who just happen to be ranked Australia’s number one,” said Sofie.

On September 3 and 4 Sofie will be back overseas for round two in Valchiampo, Italy and for the final round in France on September 9.

“I’ve got to a stage where to get better I need to push myself, I’m young and this is an amazing opportunity,” she said.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.