Ollie Colmer wants to defy the odds and become ‘the best in the world’ as the 14-year-old closes in on turning professional five years after suffering a double leg break
- Ollie Colmer fractured his thigh bone twice in a short period when he was 10
- The 14-year-old was told to give up his dream of being a professional sportsman
- Colmer is hoping to compete at the World Championships later this year
A British teenager continues to defy doctors’ predictions as he chases his motocross world title dream despite a double leg break.
Ollie Colmer was told he should give up off-road motorbike racing after he fractured his thigh bone twice in a matter of months, aged 10 in 2016.
Five years on, however, he is one of Europe’s hottest prospects and his hopes of turning professional are hurtling closer. Ollie, now 14, is from Northumbria and sponsored by the Daily Mail but his dream looked to be in ruins after the horrific crash in training.
Within five months he was back on his bike but disaster struck again as he snapped the same bone and needed a further operation. Doctors warned him he should never ride again.
Now, though, Ollie, who rides for the GRT Holeshot KTM team and is part of the RMJ Academy, boasts a string of national junior titles and international appearances.
Later this year he could be competing at the World Championships. ‘Nothing’s going to put me off,’ said Ollie. ‘Every time I get on the bike I get this buzz of happiness and freedom.
‘If I’m stressed with school work, I get on my bike and I feel free. ‘I want to work my way up until I’m the best in the world.’
Ollie Colmer is hoping to take part in the Motocross World Championship later this year