This 22-Year-Old BMX Gold Medalist Had To Crowdfund Her Olympics Bid After Her Funding Was Cut To Support Male Riders
Olympics athletes go through endless suffering for choosing sports as their career. It is not easy to be in such a kind of career as it requires a lot of physical and mental stability. You also need to make money to use equipment and do training to keep yourself completely fit in order to compete in competitions.
Nothing could stop the British BMX racer Bethany Shriever from joining the Olympics. A time came when the United Kingdom didn’t fund the female BMX racers so that they can’t prepare a female team, but Bethany found a perfect solution for this and now she has a gold medal on her neck.
British BMX racer Bethany Shriever went to the Olympics with her own funds as the UK government didn’t helped funding for the female team
Bethany is a 22-years old British BMX racer who was called to join the Olympic cycling squad. The Olympics preparation is very expensive and you can’t do it without government funding support.
The United Kingdom decided to not support female riders financially for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after the 2016 Olympics where not even a single female rider got qualified for the games. They had decided to invest only into the male team.
Bethany created a crowdfunding page where she collected the amount of money she needed to go to Tokyo
Every athlete dreams about the Olympics and it is considered to be the peak of their career, therefore, Bethany got a solution. She estimated the cost to go to Tokyo and created a crowdfunding page in 2019. Her parents supported her throughout this. She also worked as a teaching assistant in a nursery so that she can collect £50,000 ($70,000) to go to Japan.
Collecting money was not only the complication she went through but she had broken the same wrist thrice and she had to recover from tibia and fibula that needed the insertion of a metal plate in her leg. She remained consistent and now she is an Olympic champion.
After all the struggle, she won the gold medal proving that nothing in the world is impossible and difficult to overcome
She defeated the two-time Olympic gold medalist namely Colombian Mariana Pajon, who was also her ideal. Now Bethany herself has become an inspiration for so many people as she and her teammate Kye Whyte are Britain’s first BMX medalists.
Kye Whyte won the silver medal and told BBC that he is happier for her than his own self.
It was such a big victory for her as she earned the first medal from BMX sports in the British history
Bethany won just by 0.09sec. She should be extremely proud as she went there all by herself and definitely deserves the medal.
People loved Bethany’s story and felt that deserves the win