" Champion drops in

Aim high: BMX rider Kyle Jaehne gets some tips from London silver medallist and World Champion Sam Willoughby.
Aim high: BMX rider Kyle Jaehne gets some tips from London silver medallist and World Champion Sam Willoughby.

KYLE Jaehne may have been a Disney star for a day but he didn't mind sharing the spotlight with one of his sporting idols.

The 12-year-old BMX rider was selected to film a segment with the Disney Channel at his Cranebrook home last Thursday, when London silver medallist Sam Willoughby appeared from behind the garage door.

Called Undercover Coach, the segment involved Willoughby surprising Kyle during filming, before the pair ventured to the Panthers BMX track in St Marys, where Willoughby rode alongside and mentored Kyle in front of the cameras.

"It was pretty emotional because I've looked up to Sam for a long time," Kyle said of the moment he first saw Willoughby.

"Especially how much he's achieved in his time in BMX."

As the 2012 BMX World Champion, Willoughby has an intense schedule of training and competition, and said he was lucky to return to his home soil in Australia more than twice a year.

"So it was really cool to be able to surprise Kyle and be a part of this little TV series," Willoughby said.

"I know how much that would have meant to me when I was a kid, so it was a good thing to be a part of.

"Mostly its just been a pretty fun day — nothing too crazy. Kyle knows what he's doing, he's pretty well on the right track."

Of his world champion status, Willoughby said: "I always kind of dreamt of that as a kid, so to get it this year was big. Going into the Olympics made it even bigger.

"I would have liked to have added a gold to it as well, but it meant a lot to me for sure."

Kyle, who began riding and competing at the age of four and whose racing record includes club, regional, state and world levels, is eager to follow in Willoughby's tracks.

The St Paul's Grammar School student also finished on top in the BMX NSW 13-years boys state series earlier this year.

"He's a very good young rider," Willoughby said. "I think he's got a bright future and, hopefully, he can keep going on the right path and keep enjoying it like he is today."

His advice to other ambitious young riders is to "build good habits".

"I always tell kids just to try and build good routines at a young age and then you've got a big head start on the rest of the field later in life."

Kyle's segment on the Disney Channel will air later this year.

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