Pearson credits whole family with Rider of Year award

Lake Country motocross racer Trevor Pearson may have won a national competition held by Kawasaki but to hear the 13-year-old tell it, his entire family actually won the award.

  • Fri Feb 18th, 2011 7:00pm
  • Sports

Lake Country motocross racer Trevor Pearson rips around the track en route to winning a national rider program and a new motocross bike.

Lake Country motocross racer Trevor Pearson may have won a national competition held by Kawasaki but to hear the 13-year-old tell it, his entire family actually won the award.

Pearson, a Grade 8 student at George Elliot Secondary School, won the 2010 Team Green Rider of the Year award, earning the most points total in Canadian Off-Road Racing.

The win was based on points earned for participation and Pearson says he couldn’t have done it without his parents and his brother.

“I was given the award,” he said. “But my family won it. I didn’t win it. We did.”

After starting to race competitively in 2008, Pearson and his family were thrown for a loop the next year. That was when Trevor’s mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The Pearson family felt it wouldn’t be long before mom couldn’t travel.

“We knew it wouldn’t be long before we wouldn’t be able to travel as a family the way we were doing it,” said Trevor. “So we decided that while we could we would go everywhere.”

So the Pearson’s hit the track and hard, travelling on weekends to races as Trevor and his brother raced and found success.

But then Trevor’s brother crashed and broke his leg in six places. It was another setback and almost forced the family to reconsider its race schedule.

But the two brothers had a different idea.

“My brother and I were sitting in the hospital and he said that we had to keep going for mom,” said Trevor. “That’s when everything changed. It wasn’t just about winning the races, it was about winning at life. It was about falling and getting back up and knowing you were doing it with your family and for your family.”

So last year Trevor and his family began another year and by August Trevor found he was in the top 10 in the Team Green Rider of the Year contest.

“I couldn’t have done it without my mom,” he said. “We travelled from Port McNeil on Vancouver Island to Raymond, Alberta. She never complained once. She’d tell us to get our bikes ready while she packed lunches and cleaned gear.”

Trevor also said watching his brother try to rehab his broken leg along with his mom dealing with MS has allowed him to be a better rider.

“When you race motocross you’ll eventually crash, and when you do it hurts,” he said. “But when I think of the challenges that my mom and my brother have had to face I realize that what I face is nothing compared to that. That’s where I get the motivation to get up and keep going.”

For winning the Team Green Rider of the year award Pearson was presented with a brand new Kawasaki motocross bike. He says he couldn’t have done it without the help of numerous sponsors in Lake Country such as Gil Gillet, VP Fuels, Valley Motorsports, RMR/Fox Suspensions, Shot Gear, ZETA, Smith Optics, Signworks Graphcis, Bingham Group Insurance Services, K&N Filters, Moto Tassinari and OGIO Bags.

You can watch some of Pearson’s motocross races on YouTube by searching BC Team Green.

kparnell@kelownacapnews.com