Much of my childhood memories are either from BMX home or away for events.

I’ve always been very strict about my training and doing things well – in fact, I recently found a diary from when I was 12 years old where I detailed my everyday training; what went well, what didn’t and what to work on next time.

Saya in contrast, you have always been (and still are) very laid back with your approach to training and everyday life.

As kids, there was definitely conflict between us when it came to our different approaches to training and competing.

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You were always happy to do the bare minimum, whereas I followed the training program to the dot while always asking our coach “is this enough?”

I remember one time at a routine session, we trained in absolute silence because you were 10 minutes late and I was so angry that I didn’t want to talk to you! Haha.

Yet, believe it or not, my favourite memories are probably of the pathetic fights that we used to have over nothing.

You would get so worked up over me flicking your arm during a long car trips or me getting angry at you for leaving your stuff on my side of the room!

I look back at these memories and realise what a humble childhood we both had growing up.

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You are one of the strongest people I will ever know.

It is your mental stamina that keeps me in awe of you.

The biggest hurdle I’ve had to overcome since moving up into the Elite Category, three years ago has been the psychological barrier of racing against the riders that I’ve looked up to since I was a kid.

There were definitely physical and technical areas that some riders were superior than me in, but the psychological side was the biggest factor I had to overcome.

It took until May 2017 (a bit over two years in the Elite Class) for me to make my first World Cup Final and even after that there had been many events where my self image against other top riders had held me back from peak performance.

This hasn’t been the case for you.

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You placed 2nd at the first ever World Cup where you competed in two years ago and since have put down some incredible results as you too have graduated into the Elite Category.

Your ability to shut out the competition and just focus on your own performance I think separates you from a lot of the competition and is a trait you should be proud of.

Ever since we saw BMX in the Olympics for the first time in 2008, it has been our dream to race at the Olympics – the newly established pinnacle of the sport.

Representing Australia at any Olympics will be special but going back to Japan will be extra.

Tokyo is where the two of us spent much of our early childhood years (between 4-10 years old), so Japanese culture is engrained in the pair of us.

Japan is also where we started to take BMX seriously and the first ever World Championships I went to, competing as a Japanese rider.

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I was recently asked if I could remember a time, growing up, where I thought “I really do have the best sibling in the world”.

If I am being 100% honest with you… the answer was definitely not haha!

We generally get on very well with each other, but just like all siblings have our bad days as well

Our personalities are very different – I’m a perfectionist and very strict, while you are laid back and as mentioned happy to go with the flow. I think this is what really annoys each other and is what leads to most of our arguments at home!

However, I’ve recently realised that us having differing personalities is what makes our teamwork so well.

If we were both laid back and careless, nothing will ever get done. But on the contrary, if we were both strict and tough on ourselves like me, we would barely ever have fun and will struggle to achieve high performances. I think our differing personalities keep us balanced and on track as a team!

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When we were kids in Tokyo, I rarely remember having a bad day.

We were just two Japanese kids growing up doing Japanese things!

On weekends I remember playing baseball in the morning and then went to the track to ride my bike in the afternoon.

Every Friday, we went to stay at our grandparents’ house which was about a 15min walk away, and grandma would cook our favourite food and let us watch our favourite TV shows before going to bed.

I think this is my favourite memory – I’d be surprised if it wasn’t yours too!

Above all, I love you for not just being the most amazing sister a brother could ask for, but for always being my biggest support.

You had a whole lot more consoling to do for me as my results have been more up and down on my journey to the top.

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I appreciate that you don’t talk to me too much after a bad race, mostly because you know that it’s hard to speak to anyone after a bad result.

But you always know the right things to say when I’m in the wrong state of mind about training or racing.

These small reminders over time add up to alter or shape my overall outlook on things and I believe has benefitted me significantly.

I also often turn to you to observe how you deal with certain situations that don’t go your way, and learn off you in this way as well.

You don’t lose a lot and consequently aren’t often upset after racing.

When you are however, you have your own way of dealing with things and I don’t normally get involved.

The days that we both win are amazing. I’m focused on having as many days as these as possible.