Video: Record-breaking BMX star showcases tricks at Dagenham school
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What do a pogo, fire hydrant and funky chicken have in common?
Believe it or not, they’re just three of the tricks on show when a record-breaking BMX champion rewarded a Dagenham school with an exclusive performance.
Matti Hemmings, the Welsh wizard of flatland freestyle, showed his moves to a crowd of 250 wide-eyed pupils at Sydney Russell, in Parsloes Avenue, on Monday.
The youngsters enjoyed the unique prize after winning a recent competition encouraging more pupils across the country to cycle to school.
The 26-year-old holds a Guinness World Record for the most cliffhanger spins with one foot on the handle bars in one minute.
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He also holds the record for most Death Truck Spins, almost as dangerous as it sounds, in a minute – something he achieved live on Blue Peter.
Before launching his professional BMX career, Matti worked in a restaurant and as a labourer and spoke about the importance of seizing the day, saying: “Life’s a series of opportunities you’ve got to take.”
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The visit came just days after the school’s Year 7 cyclists became the winners of a borough Bike-Polo contest.
Lesley Ellis, Healthy Schools teams member at the school, is delighted to see how popular cycling has become. “Matti was amazing, it was like watching ballet on a bike,” she said.
“The children were in awe, 250 of them all deadly silent. It was surreal.”