MOSSLEY’S Alex Tandy is living up to his nickname as a ‘bionic boy’ in a truly inspirational story of his exploits.
The 12-year-old is making a name in the sport of motocross as one of the country’s top young racers.
What makes Alex’s achievements even more incredible is that he was back on his bike and winning a race only two months after being seriously injured following a freak incident at Mossley Hollins High School.
Alex was the pupil who plummeted an estimated 40 feet from an outside walkway after a glass panel shattered.
He was rushed to Manchester Royal Infirmary where he was treated for serious injuries, his pelvis broken in two places and snapped tendons in his arm.
Alex was lucky to escape with relatively minor injuries as many observed you do not usually survive a fall from such a height.
Mother Jodie described it as an “horrendous” period after learning of Alex’s accident.
But the youngster returned to school within weeks and it was not long before he was back on his racing bike.
And one day shy of two months after the accident, Alex was winning academy class in the Teesside round of the Norasport British Supermoto and Superlite Championship.
It was a start of a successful season in the championship after being ruled out of the opening race through his injuries.
Alex has since also won at Three Sisters, Wigan, and Pembrey, Wales, and finished runner-up in Crail, Scotland.
After five of the eight rounds Alex, who competed alongside adults at Pembrey where he qualified seconds behind ‘A’ grade riders, is placed second in the overall standings in division 1E of the Academy Championship.
Alex is only six points behind leader Joshua Jasper who has competed in all five rounds, winning once and finishing runner-up in the four remaining races which are over a combination of dirt and tarmac.
It ought to be little surprise that Alex should become a motocross racer as he had his own quad bike on the farm from an early age.
Alex saved money to buy his own 85cc bike and rode in the fields.
But his hobby was taken to a new level after his dad Thomas took Alex to watch his friend Keith Edwards racing.
Alex’s parents then bought him an 85cc racing bike and he began competing part way through the 2018 campaign.
This season has brought success as Alex, who would like to become a professional racer, is driven as he used a mini digger to create his own practice jump on the farm where he lives. He is also trained and mentored by Keith Edwards.
Jodie added the family were overwhelmed by the support they received following the accident and gave a heartfelt thanks to everyone at Mossley Hollins High School.
Headteacher Stuart Marshall and several staff members visited Alex in hospital bringing along balloons, cards and presents sent by pupils.
There was also a get well video message from Superbike rider David Todd who has competed in the TT races in the Isle of Man.