Mike Mullen

YST Mike Mullen

Sport: BMX

Twitter: @MikeMullenBMX

How did you get into sport?

Regular sports didn’t appeal to me in school and I never thought of myself as particularly active until I saw the film ET and a TV show called BMX Beat in the mid 80s. As a young boy I remember feeling excited by the stunts, the bikes and brave role models within BMX freestyle. I became inspired and fascinated with this sport which pushed the boundaries of what's possible on a bike.

What are your three biggest achievements in sport?

  • 3x UK Pro Halfpipe Champion 2014, 16 & 17 
  • World Masterclass Champion 1998
  • Running my own BMX Academy.

Who most inspired you and why?

Mat Hoffman and Dave Mirra are my BMX heroes. They inspired me by pushing the boundaries of bike riding and paved the way for all BMXers to build a competitive career and be positive role models to younger generations.

When and why did you get involved with the Athlete Mentor programme?

I joined the YST Athlete Mentor programme in 2007. My sport taught me to set goals in my life and enabled me to develop the drive and determination to work towards and eventually achieve those goals. Being an Athlete Mentor gives me the opportunity to draw from my experiences, both good and bad, to offer guidance to young people who are seeking direction in their lives.

What has been your favourite moment as a YST Athlete Mentor?

Too many to list, but when a young person comes to you at the end of a project and says that the experience has been life changing, it’s a pretty special feeling.