Kai,

You are a perfectionist. You always have been;  especially things related to BMX.

You are never satisfied with a half-effort training session! You need your bike set up a certain way haha, and never fail to put less than 100% effort into everything to do with BMX. So when you shared how sometimes I don’t sometimes live up to the same training standards as you, you’re not wrong haha! But partially because that is what makes you who you are.

You raise the bar so damn high for yourself, that anything less than a podium is a waste of time. It’s what I love about you most, as a competitor.

Kai Sakakibara Saya

Yes, as you so openly shared haha we used to fight a lot more than we got along. But as we got older, I think we started to understand each other and I think the best moments we have as kids were just being able to train and ride together all the time.

We grew up together, sharing the same interest, then sharing the same passion and now to sharing the same goal – to represent Australia at the Tokyo Olympic Games. It would be a dream come true, wouldn’t it!

People often ask us, what would it mean to see your brother and you win an Olympic gold medal? It will be the best feeling in the world.

When we were growing up, it was always you, Kai, that was the dedicated one; the one who puts in the most effort.

I’ve seen all the hardships you have gone through in the past, when things didn’t turn out the way you wanted to.

So it would definitely be special for me as to see you win a gold medal at the olympics, and to know that all that hard work has paid off to achieve your ultimate goal.

Kai Sakakibara Saya

There have been many “amazing sibling” moments growing up on the BMX tracks together, but there is one moment that has specifically stayed with me.

We were at the 2015 Worlds in Belgium; I raced on a different day to you but you made sure to come sit in the grandstands in the sun to watch. Do you remember how hot that day was!

It was a couple of days before your big race, but all you wanted to do was be there for me.

After each moto, you would send a message to Dad, who was in the pits with me to give me feedback on that lap – what was good, what to watch out for next time.

All I could think about at the time, was “I really do have the best sibling in the world” and that day I was able to win my 3rd consecutive World Championship title.

Kai Sakakibara Saya

I honestly don’t know, that without your support, I could have done it. You’ve always been my competitive advantage over all my opposing racers.

You’ve taught me so much, not just about racing, but about life. And how I can aim to be a better person, everyday.

I admire your dedication. Training and racing is tough, and there have been events Kai when you’ve walked away, feeling unaccomplished.

But you’ve always been able to get back on track, set new goals and use those losses as fuel to work hard to perform at the next event.

You never give up and bounce back, time and time again, which many athletes struggle with.

In those times usually I am the one who is staying with you or with you during transit back home. And to be honest although there has been many of these instances, I never know what to say or do to make it better.

So I guess my job really is to let you know I’m here when you need it and let our coaches do their job in giving their expertise and guide you through how to come back stronger.

And then from then, for me to crack jokes, make you laugh and keep you happy and relaxed in the lead up to the next race or during training to prevent each other getting too caught up in the stresses of racing.

I’ll always be here for you, and I know you will be there for me.