At the end of February Cockburn BMX Club set up a display at Aubin Grove Primary School for their school sports gala…turns out our sport is more popular than most!
Cockburn BMX Club in Western Australia have put BMX on the map with kids in their local area after setting up a mint display at the Aubin Grove Primary School for their sports gala event on Monday February 26.
The school, located south of the Perth CBD, is the largest in the state with in excess of 1200 children enrolled. With so many eager kids on the books, the biannual sports gala day was aimed at promoting the different sports and clubs available in the local community that kids can sign up to.
Recognising the fantastic opportunity this stage was for the sport, Cockburn BMX Club secretary Merrilee Shaw reached out to BMX Australia for support. In return she received a box of goodies that included, hats shirts and other bits and pieces.
The items were hand-delivered by BMXA Office Administrator Sylvia Armstrong, who was in WA preparing for this year’s national championships – which begin in just a few short days!
In total more than 14 sports set up shop at the school for the sports extravaganza, but as it turns out the chance to get on a bike and receive a few goodies proved to be a real hit with the kids.
“We survived the sports gala,” Shaw reported triumphantly.
“There was so much interest in our sports setup and the BMXA merch was a hit!
“At one point I had a queue of 20 kids asking for info – it was wonderful. There are at least eight new families wanting to sign on, which is a brilliant result.
“The school is planning to run another event mid-year, so we will attend again.”
In addition to the merchandise, the club also prepared their own set of bikes for use on the day, ensuring kids could get a feel for the sport.
No doubt a big undertaking for those involved, exemplifying once again that it is the volunteers who are the backbone of BMX in Australia.
BMX clubs in Western Australia are also encouraged to register a Ride IN2 BMX day for a day on either the weekends of April 7-8 or April 14-15. Events held that weekend will receive financial digital advertising support from BMX Australia.
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