He’s only six but he’s already a champion.
Scissett BMX cycling whizz Eben Cousin is taking the off-road scene by storm since he got into the sport at the age of four.
A member of Bradford BMX Bandits, he has already gained a podium finish and competed in dozens of other events around the country since he first put his feet on the pedals.
And now Eben, of Dearne Street, has been selected by the Great Britain BMX team to showcase his skills at the UCI BMX World Championships in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium on July 21.
He will compete against around 80 hopefuls from across the globe on a winding 380m dirt track filled with jumps.
It is a dream come true for Eben, who has been ‘obsessed’ with bicycles and shown a talent for the activity since he was two.
His mum, Marla, 40, said: “It’s absolutely great news for him.
“He got a balancing bike, which has two wheels but no pedals, at two and he just took off from there.
“At three he got his first pedal bike and has never used stabilisers.
“It was when he was four that he saw a TV programme which had a scene filmed at a BMX track and just said ‘mummy, I want to do that.
“So we found him a track at Yeadon Tarn, Leeds, and he got involved with Leeds BMX Club.
“Then my husband Martyn and I bought him his first proper BMX bike and he moved to Bradford Bandits to find more children his age to train with.
“He just loved it and wants to ride all the time and is taking after his sister, Gaia, 10, who is doing really well as an acrobatic gymnast.”
Inspired by his BMX idols, which includes his Bandits trainer and racer Nigel Smith and others such as Charlotte Green and Tre White, he decided to take part in his first competition last year, aged only five.
Marla said: “He took part in the North Region BMX in the six and unders category and finished fifth, which was brilliant because most of the competitors were a year older than him.
“This year he has taken part in the Manchester Indoor BMX series and is now in the National Series, where he has finished in fourth and fifth place and got a third place podium win in Kent.
“And on top of that he has been sponsored by BMXone Double Cross due to his good work and should qualify for the BRITS contest.”
Eben, who trains around three times a week and competes most weekends, is now eagerly awaiting his race in July.
“He’s really excited but very nervous as he has to go off with the team for the whole day while we will be watching in the spectator stand.
“We’re a very busy family but to see the massive smiles on their faces is what’s important– as long as they’re happy, I’m happy.”