Coming from a family of keen mountainbikers, there really was no doubt Rotorua's Poppy Croucher was going to be part of the first mountainbiking event at Aims Games.
The Mokoia Intermediate student was one of about 200 young athletes who competed in the tournament's first mountainbiking event across four divisions. It included 11km Year 7 Boys, Year 8 Boys and Year 8 Girls races and a 5.5km Year 7 Girls race.
Poppy, who finished her Year 7 Girls in fourth place, secured a top five placing.
Poppy, who can often be found riding among the redwoods in the Whakarewarewa Forest with