Penni Allen, 7, rockets towards bright BMX future

REDLANDS BMX Club rider Penni Allen is only sevenyears old, but she already has five years' experience and a slew of competition wins under her belt.

YOUNG GUN: Seven-year-old Penni Allen has made a name for herself on the BMX track.

YOUNG GUN: Seven-year-old Penni Allen has made a name for herself on the BMX track.

Having ridden BMX since she was two years old, Penni is already a seasoned athlete and dreams of one day achieving an Olympic gold.

She is aiming to follow in the footsteps of her idols Olympian Caroline Buchanan and young national champion Thomas Tucker.

Penni's 2019 season is off to a flying start, with the Bay View State School student currently topping the leaderboard for her age group in the Oxley Cycle Shootout rounds and the BMX Queensland State Development Series.

The series include seven and eight rounds respectively, with races held across south-east Queensland. The leaderboard is tallied from points earned in each event.

"It's really good to build their confidence in coming into the championship series," father Shaun Allen said.

Mr Allen said Penni completed her first lap around the BMX track at age two and was itching to race by the time she was four.

"She went down the (five metre start ramp) about two days after her fourth birthday," he said.

Penni is now eagerly waiting to turn 14 so she can move from the five metre to the eight metre starting ramp, which is used in professional races.

Mr Allen said riders could get up to speeds of 40km/h off the five metre ramp.

Penni can lap the Olympic standard BMX Supercross track at Sleeman Sports Complex in 52 seconds.

She said she loved the thrill and comradeship that came with the sport.

"It's a really fun sport and I love racing with my friends," she said.

"The most important thing about BMX is having fun and trying my best."

While Penni is in the eight year category, the youngest that competes in the Shootout series, Mr Allen said some riders were still competing into their 70s.

The sport was also becoming much more popular among females, he said.

"It's been so male-dominated for such a long time," he said.

"The girls tend to stay together and help each other out."