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Motocross Girl

Documentary. Tanya is a motocross sensation from Zimbabwe. She has just a few months to train for race of her life. She has to travel thousands of miles to the UK to compete.


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My name is Tanya Muzinda and I'm crazy for Motocross.

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In a few weeks' time,

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I'll travel over 5,000 miles from my home in Zimbabwe to England

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to compete in the biggest race of my life,

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in the UK Championship.

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It's going to be tough.

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But I will train as hard as I can to make my family and country proud.

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Some people think girls can't ride, but that's not true.

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I've been beating boys for years.

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It hurts the boys so much to lose to Tanya

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because she's just a girl and...

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Most people say that motorsport is for boys.

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She is competing against guys

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and, like, it really makes me, as a girl, like,

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"Wow, that's amazing."

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Before we start the race,

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some of the boys make fun of you and say,

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"What is she doing here?

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"She's supposed to be playing with Barbie dolls."

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But when I beat them and show them that no,

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I can still play with my Barbie dolls and still ride a bike.

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I figured you might be a young boy because you've done very, very well,

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but it's a young lady!

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Motocross is a very dangerous sport.

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I've got friends who've broken their collarbones,

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their hands, their legs.

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I mean, I've fallen plenty of times,

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but I've never, ever went to the hospital.

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You can get hurt doing anything,

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but that doesn't mean that you can stop doing what you love.

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Beating the boys has made me a household name

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in my country, Zimbabwe.

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And my mum keeps all the newspaper cuttings which are so embarrassing.

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This is me, being awarded

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as the youngest ever ambassador for the European Union.

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And this is one of my favourites,

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meeting the ten-times world champion Tony Cairoli.

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This is me in my favourite pink dress,

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winning the Zimbabwean International Women's Award.

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All around the world, people are starting to know me bit by bit

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and just the feeling that everyone comes to me

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and saying, "You're Tanya, please may I have a photo with you?"

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I sometimes feel like a celebrity.

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And it makes me feel very happy!

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CHEERING

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I couldn't have done any of this

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without my family, and here they are.

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That's my dad, my mum,

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my gogo, which means grandmother,

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my brother Jaden, sister Alicia, and cousin Delroy.

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And this is me.

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This is Zimbabwe.

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And this is where I live.

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Zimbabwe is in Southern Africa,

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which is an 11-hour plane journey to the UK.

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This is the capital, Harare.

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It is known as the Sunshine City.

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Just like most capital cities, it has skyscrapers and busy streets.

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But unlike most, it is also filled with animals.

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It has giraffes, zebras, buffaloes and lots more.

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I know that people fly thousands of miles from UK and Europe

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just to come and see these animals,

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but for me, it's just a 20-minute drive.

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# Don't you know, girl?

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# Don't you know, girl?

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# I am the one for you. #

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My friends, when they started knowing that I did Motocross,

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they were really shocked and surprised

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that I had spent years without telling them.

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And they were always asking me, "Aren't you scared?

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"Is it scary?"

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And they've come plenty of times to come and see me,

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and we do have times when we leave motocross

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and go out and get ice cream

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and just act like normal girls.

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Tawana's one of my best friends.

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And today, we're in our favourite part of town - Borrowdale.

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I look disgusting!

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No, delete it!

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There was a myth, I think it was just a school myth

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that if jacaranda falls on your head, you wish for something.

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Ah, OK.

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I wish for the new iPhone 8.

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I wish for the iPhone X.

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Perhaps what I should have wished for

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is to win the next race

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as things are about to get tough against the boys.

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Well, today we're here at the Zimbabwe National Championships,

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and I think it's a great practice for me

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to get myself ready for the upcoming races in the UK.

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Today I'm racing against the boys,

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and I really want to put on a good show and do my best.

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Emanuel is one of my closest rivals.

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Today, I'm going to be racing against Tanya

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and I think I'm going to beat her.

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I've been watching her every move

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so I know what she's going to do here and there.

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There are three heats in these championships.

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I'm the only girl racing.

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The first heat didn't go quite as planned.

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I got a puncture.

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You had an accident!

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-Are you tired?

-Baba?

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Yeah? Yeah. Yeah.

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You see that inside, you see that, when you overtook that guy?

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You see he's going outside, you go inside.

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You keep up that pace.

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My dad is always on hand to give me advice,

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and my gogo comes to give me more support when she can.

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THEY LAUGH

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Things seem to be going from bad to worse,

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and I'm sure the boys are really happy about beating me,

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and I just hope that on the next race, I'll do much better,

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and I'm not going to give up.

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The final race was my last chance of getting a spot on the podium.

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The race is going well,

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and I'm in position for a podium finish, but then...

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A lapse in concentration turned out to be disastrous.

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I fell down in the corner,

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my leg wasn't out, and I had not leaned in for it,

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so I made a mistake.

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Falling off my bike was the worst thing that could happen.

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Although I got back up and finished the race,

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I missed out on the podium.

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Today was not my best national,

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but I'm sure the boys are really happy,

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but I'm not going to give up.

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It was fantastic, I got a bad start though,

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but then I managed to fight back to third,

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and I think Tanya finished fifth,

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but it was all good for me.

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She had bad luck.

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It's early morning,

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I just woke up and I'm feeling a bit sore from yesterday's race,

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I didn't have that much sleep

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because I was thinking about what happened yesterday

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and when I crashed.

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From that crash, I think something happened to my shoulder

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but I think I'll go and see my trainer,

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and hopefully by the time we go to the big race, I'll be fine.

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Every morning at eight o'clock, I head to the gym with my dad.

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It's a few minutes' walk from home.

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So the race yesterday, how did it go for you?

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It went well, I wouldn't say it was my best race.

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-Why?

-Because the bike had problems and I also fell in the corner.

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-You fell?

-Yeah.

-How's the shoulder feeling today?

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Well, my shoulder is still a bit sore.

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-So a little bit sore.

-Yes.

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But you can move it?

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If I move it, it's sore, I can feel something.

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OK, stand up, let's do this.

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Elbow at 90 and I want you to put pressure against my hand.

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Is that sore?

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-Yes.

-OK.

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Touch where it feels sore.

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There.

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Nothing in here, hey?

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-No.

-OK. That's good news.

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Good. External out.

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-That's not painful, hey?

-No.

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Good. Just five of those, all right?

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Four, keep that elbow locked in.

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Last one. Five.

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OK, change. Y.

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T.

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W. Good.

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Squeeze... No, no, no, no, no, no, squeeze. Squeeze.

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Back to I. We're doing five.

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This, this is all good for postural control

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so one of the most important things for being on the bike

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is being able to stay on the bike, stay tall,

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stay strong. Push-up.

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Down. One.

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Two. Perfect. That's two.

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We know that the sports, motocross, it can be quite violent and it can,

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that bike wants to throw you off.

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It's good that she's learned how to fall, and that is hugely important,

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and the stuff that we looked at today

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was just to assess the level of pain

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through the different movement patterns,

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and it's a good sign today that she is feeling all right.

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We can never get away from injuries,

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it's just a case of, can we minimise the risk or the onset of it?

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As an athlete, I'm supposed to have a healthy diet.

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Which can be hard sometimes.

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I love spending time in the kitchen,

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cooking up my favourite meals with my mum.

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She's got potential, sometimes she...

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..searches for recipes and she comes, "Let's try this, Mum.

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"I think I like this one,"

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and we say, "Is it OK for your diet as well?"

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And we try it, sometimes it comes out nice, sometimes...

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THEY LAUGH

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Sometimes, you know, you just have to eat it

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because to impress her.

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THEY LAUGH

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With less than 24 hours before I leave for the British Championships,

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my friend Tawana is here to give me moral support.

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So what are you looking forward to when you get there?

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I'm really looking forward about the races,

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because it's, like, my first time racing against girls my age.

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What about the food, are you looking forward to,

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like, traditional English food?

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Yeah, I heard that fish and chips is popular there.

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-Yeah.

-And I really want to try the fish and chips.

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So how do you, like, breathe in this?

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This is, like, really hard.

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And, like, really big.

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Well, as you see, it's really tight on the cheeks,

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but a trick that I saw to make it a bit more comfortable

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is you grab these two and then just push it aside

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-and then...

-So more breathing space, OK.

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You can try it if you want to.

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Just pull them apart like this?

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Yeah.

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And then you just...

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Oh, yeah. It's gone on a lot easier.

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Yeah.

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Anyways.

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Just do it for Zimbabwe, OK?

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I will, yeah.

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So I'm sleeping on this bed so we need to take this bag off.

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OK.

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THEY GIGGLE

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I'm travelling to the UK with my mum and dad,

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leaving behind the rest of my family which is always hard.

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Are you going again?

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Yes, we are going, Bubba, so you have to say goodbye.

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-Bye.

-Bye-bye, guys.

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All right. Bye, guys. Say, "Bye."

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Bye, guys. Bye, Gogo.

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-Bye-bye.

-Bye. Bye.

-Bye, guys. All right.

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Be a good boy. I'll bring you the toys.

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We're flying to Heathrow, and I've always wanted to visit London so...

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We have a day of sightseeing planned before the competition.

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Taxi!

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# Held down, heavy now

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# Living in the same town

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# Trying to find something new

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# Broken picture frame

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# I've been frozen in

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# Trying to find a better view

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# This ain't real this ain't cool

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# This ain't what I signed up to

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# This ain't right It's no good... #

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Here I am in London, next to the Big Ben,

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London Eye and River Thames.

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I'm loving it!

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# And I've been here for too long

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# Going through the same things

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# I've been hurting too long Got to move on

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# Say, I, I can't do this any more

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# If everything is changing... #

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This photo is for my friend, Tawana.

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Me and Nelson Mandela.

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A hero in the Southern Africa and he's also in London.

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This is Buckingham Palace where the Queen lives.

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I mean, I've never imagined myself or dreamed

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that I'd be this close to the Queen's house.

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I love the Queen because it's girl power!

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Goodbye, London. Now, it's time to focus on why I'm really here.

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The Girls' National Championships.

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Next stop, Birmingham,

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to stay with some friends we met through motocross.

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Tanya's really good,

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she's competitive when it comes to motocross.

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It's really fun having Tanya in the house,

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and we get to watch, like, funny stuff,

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like motocross fails and try not to laugh.

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It's night-time,

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the night before the race,

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and I'm feeling a bit nervous

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so I think I might call my mentor, Stefy Bau.

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She's a former world champion, the four-times world champion, and yeah.

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-Hey, Tanya!

-Hello, Stefy.

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I miss you!

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-I miss you too!

-So are you ready?

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Yes, I'm very ready, happy, but I'm a bit nervous.

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Yeah, well, you know, it's normal to be a little bit nervous

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but, you know, you can do this.

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If it rains,

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it is going to be really hard and slippery

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so I need some advice for that.

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The most important thing

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is always to squeeze the bike, remember?

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Always keep in mind that you have the ball between your knees.

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-Oh, yes.

-Never let go, that's always important.

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And I believe in you, 100% so, you know, let's do this!

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Don't worry, Stefy, I will do my best!

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All right, that's my girl!

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-Yes!

-Bye-bye, Tanya!

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Bye, Stefy, ciao!

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Speaking to Stefy made me feel so good

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because she is the best motocross female rider

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and it just feels good to have that word of encouragement

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from my mentor, coming from Stefy, it feels so good.

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All that is left now is for me to get a good night's sleep

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and give it 100% tomorrow.

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May you give us a peaceful night.

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Tomorrow, may you protect her as she races.

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Give her strength to make it.

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Amen.

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Sweet dreams, eh?

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Hm. Same to you.

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When I'm riding my bike and I'm going really fast,

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I can feel the wind blowing through my face

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and especially when I jump, it's an amazing experience.

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You can nicely see all the trees, the whole track,

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especially when it's a really, really high jump.

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Although sometimes you can get scared, like, "What if I fall off?"

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but fear's not supposed to stop you.

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Coming from Zimbabwe to England just to race is a bit intimidating

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because I've heard plenty of things

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that the girls in Europe are really, really fast.

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So I'm just hoping that I'll be in the top 20,

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and if I do better, we'll see.

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My name's Pippa and I've been riding the dirt bike

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since I was four years old.

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My name is Farren, and I've been riding for six years.

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I'm Ella, and I've been doing motocross for three years.

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I love it!

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These are some of my rivals on the track,

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but off the track, we're all friends!

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May the best girl win!

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My nerves for the first race

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are I feel like I have butterflies in my stomach.

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But my parents are giving me words of encouragement.

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Yes, because you are carrying Africa's hope here.

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You see? So we want to see your concentration always look ahead,

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squeeze the bike. OK?

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Keep focused.

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The nerves that I get while riding

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is when we're on the start gate and everyone is revving their bikes.

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It's 15 seconds, five seconds,

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we're all staring at the gate

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and I'll be just thinking that, "What if my bike switches off?

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"What will be my next move into the next corner?"

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BIKES REV

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The start, I think it was a good start, I think, yeah, but...

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I don't know what's happened on the corner there

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because she looks like she was slowing a little bit,

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I think she was maybe just being too careful.

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So let's see what happens.

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It's OK,

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she's at fourth now, she's riding fourth...

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..the first three riders, they're quite fast, hey,

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so I think maybe after the second heat or the third heat,

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I think she might be used to the track

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because this is a totally new track, you know,

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it's quite hilly, and, yeah, but she'll be OK.

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She, she, she's doing fine.

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I could see the first time she was quite scared, you know?

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Yeah, especially the first race with the other girls,

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this is a good step that we took, a very important step here,

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because Tanya is a girl

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so she needs to be used to be racing with the other girls.

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The first race was good and I came fourth position,

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and I wasn't expecting it.

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And I think I'll try and do better on the next race.

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The challenges were the hills,

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and I've never ridden on this track before

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so it was quite steep.

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I thought I'd finished in fourth position,

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but someone said I had to check

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so follow me, and let's check together.

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In motocross there's so many technical rules.

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The girl that finished third failed a technicality,

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which means I ended up third instead of fourth.

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It makes me feel very happy

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and that there might actually be a possibility of me on the podium

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on third position or maybe second next time.

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-What did you come?

-I think I was fourth.

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If I didn't crash, I would've come...

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Fourth?! Fourth?! That's not bad!

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I would have come sixth if I didn't crash.

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-I think I was eighth.

-I'll try and stay with you.

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-Oh, yeah!

-Yeah, you've got to study them.

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Study her tactics.

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But I think Tanya done really well.

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With one race left in the day,

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I managed to better my position to third place,

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enough to keep me on track for a dream podium finish.

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Day two. I wake up focused and ready to give it my all.

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I finished third in race four,

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meaning it would come down to the final race

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to get on the podium.

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-Hey.

-Hi.

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How was your race?

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-It was good.

-Do you know where you came?

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I think I was third.

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Third?! Wow!

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-What number did you?

-I have no idea.

-Me neither.

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I had a good start but then I stalled it,

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because I put it into neutral twice on the hill, so people went past me.

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All I saw is that you went round me like...

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-Covered me in mud!

-First came past me, second came past me,

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then I went OK, where's third?

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And I looked behind me and it was you, I'm like, "Oh! Wow!

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"She's gone fast, this one!"

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Coming from Zimbabwe,

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how does it compare to the tracks, like, where you're from

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and the tracks here?

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Well, the tracks in Zimbabwe, we only have one track.

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Is that why you came to England?

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-Yes.

-Do you like it here?

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-I love it!

-Yeah.

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Do you race boys when you're at home?

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Yes, we have plenty of boys.

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When we race boys at the club, like, they don't like the fact

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that they get beaten by girls,

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so when they come off the track, they're all revving their bikes,

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getting all upset that they're getting beaten by girls.

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-Oh, yeah!

-Is there anything that scares you at motocross?

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Like, you know, when you jump?

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And then something just doesn't go right in the air.

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-Start panicking...

-Exactly!

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Yeah, I've been there! Quite a few times.

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Do you, like, crash badly or not really?

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-Once in a while.

-Well, I crash badly all the time.

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Like, literally, I crash, like, literally every meeting.

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If you don't, like, get back on,

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then, like, you'll just be scared of it.

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I've never been to the hospital.

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Never?!

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Have you been to the hospital?

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Yeah, I've been to the hospital.

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Yeah, I have and all.

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If I ever come to Zimbabwe,

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you're going to have to let me go to your house.

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Yes, you should!

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We'll have to race at the tracks!

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# I hope when you take that jump

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# You don't feel the fall... #

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It's the final race of an amazing weekend.

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Finish fourth or better,

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and I would have achieved more than I could ever have hoped for.

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A podium finish in my first-ever UK Girls Championships.

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# Hope when the crowd screams out

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# They're screaming your name... #

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She really needs to stay on the bike,

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she needs to be on the bike for us to get the podium.

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# I

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# I did it all

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# I

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# I did it all

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# I owned every second that this world could give

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# I saw many places

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# The things that I did

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# With every broken bone... #

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I've done it! All that training and hard work has paid off!

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A third-place finish.

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I know, it feels great, because, you know,

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Tanya has carried the hopes of so many little girls

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and boys in Africa, you know?

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So, so it means a lot.

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And as you can see,

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that she's actually managed to, you know, get a podium position,

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you know, racing with the top,

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you know, female racers in the UK, it's actually a great achievement.

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-Well done!

-All right!

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Ha-ha!

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All right! That's my girl! Right!

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# I owned every second that this world could give

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# I saw many places, the things that I did... #

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Being on the podium in Britain,

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it means that it's possible some sponsors can also help me

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because travelling to Britain from Zimbabwe,

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it's really long and expensive,

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so if I keep on winning in different countries,

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more sponsors will come along with Team Tanya and my brand will grow.

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# Oh, oh-oh, oh-oh

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# Oh, oh-oh, oh-oh

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# With every broken bone

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# I swear I lived... #

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For Zimbabwe, it means that anything is possible,

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it doesn't matter where you're from, who you are, what you are,

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anything is possible and...

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It means that I've also raised the Zimbabwean flag high.

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For my parents, it means that we didn't travel for nothing,

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they put a lot of sacrifice in this, and this is my...

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..my present to say thank you for all the support

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that you've given to me,

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and I hope that one day, I'll pay them back

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for all the sacrifices that they did for me.

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# Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh

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# Oh-oh, oh-oh

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# Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh

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# Oh-oh, oh-oh I swear I lived

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# Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh

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# Oh-oh, oh-oh

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# Oh, oh-oh, oh-oh

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# Oh, oh-oh, oh-oh. #

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Since the age of five, Zimbabwean teenager Tanya has been training to become the first African female to win an international motocross race. She has just a few months to prepare for the ride of her life at the MXGP Championships. We follow her journey to the UK as she realizes her dream.