Little more than 3 years ago Alex Coleborn from Corby was still riding BMX bikes for fun.
It was his dad who encouraged him to leave his home in Jersey and move to the UK to compete professionally.
Since arriving in mainland England Alex has settled in Northamptonshire which is home to Adrenaline Alley - reckoned by BMX riders to be the best place to train in Britain.
He's now become one of the country's biggest names in BMXing, but it all almost came to an end when he fell badly during a flip in Paris and broke his hip.
Doctors were adamant that Alex would never ride again but he was determined to prove them wrong.
– Alex Coleborn, BMX Champion
"I thought I'd popped my leg out but then I didn't think it was as bad as what it was until I got to the hospital and had x-rays.
They said it (his hip) was broken.
But when doctors said I would never ride again, I thought, I will ride again."
Alex's story and his miraculous recovery has attracted a huge following not just in the UK but across the world.
It's a very similar tale to that of inspirational American rider, Kurt Yaeger, who lost his lower leg in an accident but was determined to get back on his bike again.
The story formed the narrative for the music video for Rudimental's hit single, 'Waiting All Night'.
As for Alex, thousands of people have watched his YouTube videos, the latest of which has received in excess of half a million hits.
It's that international recognition which he hopes will eventually take him to America - and he's adamant not even a serious injury will get in the way of that dream.
Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey