McKnight snares world championship

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Hard work pays off . . . Jeremy McKnight has become a world champion. PHOTO: CHRIS TOBIN

by Chris Tobin

South Canterbury has another world champion.

Jeremy McKnight (33), of Timaru, told The Courier from England yesterday morning he had taken the 110cc World Minibike Championship at Kieradan Park, on the outskirts of Scunthorpe, at the weekend.

“It went perfect,” he said.

Determined…Jeremy McKnight

“I was fastest qualifier in both sessions and then won all five races.”

McKnight went one better than a year ago, when he placed second in the same championships, also in England, defeating the man who had beat him on that occasion.

“I was 100% prepared and it all went to plan.”

Before leaving for England, McKnight told The Courier that ever since he was a boy, he wanted to be a world champion.

“When my little boy [Ayson, 18 months] gets older, he will be able to say his dad was a world champion.”

When he was 19, McKnight broke his back competing in motocross, which left him bedridden and having to learn to walk again.

After breaking his back a second time he gave motocross away, started a business and then began competing in minibikes.

McKnight is expected back from England this weekend.