Welcome to the official website of Kai and Saya Sakakibara
’50% Japanese, 50% British, 100% Australian’
Kai and Saya Sakakibara are collectively, Elite Australian National Champions, Oceanic Continental Champions, World Championships and World Cup finalists, and have placed their mark in international sporting world. Aside from the accolades and most importantly Kai and Saya are united by their blood and an incredible team. Up next for Saya is the 2021 Tokyo Olympics where she will take on the world head first.
Off the BMX track, their sibling dynamic is like no other. Their personality similarities and contrasts are the perfect combination as they push each other to become the best athletes in their perspective fields. Kai in the Men’s and Saya in the Women’s.
They are the leading elite BMX athletes in Australia and are respected role models for younger generations all over the world as athletes, business people and the leading advocates for BMX racing. The duo gains a lot of fulfilment from their time spent with the juniors of the sport and watching the participation rates growing off the back of the engagement activities they put in place with local communities.
Kai and Saya’s half Japanese background has sparked interest from a wide audience in Japan, and have collectively played their part in raising the profile of BMX racing in the country. They are recognised for their unique sibling flow as well as their individual drive and passion to better themselves as athletes. Throughout each and every day the Sakakibara's are connected to their Japanese heritage and it is a big part of their lives, culturally.
Born: 1996 Gold Coast, Australia
Height: 183cm/ 6’0”
Career Highlight: 2017 Australian Elite National Champion
Interests: Health, Travel, Psychology, Outdoors
“Train as though you race, race as though you train”
Born: 1999 Gold Coast, Australia
Height: 175cm/ 5’8”
Career Highlight: 2nd place Overall 2020 World Cup
Interests: Health, Nutrition, Cooking
“You'll never regret giving 100%"
"I first met Kai and Saya through FIST supported Olympic athlete Caroline Buchanan, the first thing that stood out for me was their direct contact and professional engagement with their fans.
This is a pillar in which Fist Handwear has built its brand on in a very competitive environment. The values they have, and the way they conduct themselves with aligns to Fist and is the reason I chose to support them."
"After a brief chat with Kai and Saya Sakakibara I knew right away we needed to have them join the DK Family.
Since having both siblings on board they have really shown what the DK name is all about, they work well with fans, present themselves well in public and have pushed our brand far and wide around the world.
We couldn’t think of better people to help represent our brand on and off the track."
Blue Chip Talent
"Kai and Saya are a privilege to represent, hard working with great family values - the duo has all the qualities we look for in talent and go above and beyond to support the sporting community they are a part of. Saya has the year of her lifetime in front of her with the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo and we know with her work ethic she will give herself the best possible chance for success on the ultimate stage. We are so excited to continue to work with the Sakakibara Family"