It’s been 11 days since the 2019 BMXA BAD BOY National Championships wound up in Shepparton so we thought we’d look back at some of the quirky, the cool and the committed.
In no particular order, here’s a look at 11 of the interesting things that caught our eye amongst the myriad of outstanding performances.
ONE: Des’Ree Barnes won a ninth straight national title in her age when she took out the junior elite women’s event. Imagine that! Nine 20 inch titles and she is just 16.
TWO: Barnes was part of another cool piece of history too. Three former winners of the Buchanan Next Gen scholarship claimed national titles on Saturday – Kira Hill, Paige Harding and Barnes. Great to see Caroline and rubik3 supporting BMX success for young women.
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THREE: Winning 1A plates is hard. Really hard! So imagine one family winning three in three days. The McNamaras from Terrigal in NSW did just that, with Clare taking out the 17-24 cruiser and 20in double, while younger brother Rory stormed to victory in the 16 years boy’s final. And for good measure, sibling Erin took home silver in the 17-24 cruiser behind her big sister.
FOUR: There were just three riders who made it all the way to the finals of both the Pro Spectacular’s superclass event and the elite men’s final. The dual winner and undoubted star of the week, Izaac Kennedy, fellow first year elite rider Kyle Hill and veteran Alex Cameron (pictured below). Kennedy is 18 and Hill is just 19, but Cameron is still taking it to the young guns at age 31. The two-time national elite men’s champion won his first Australian title back in 2010 when Kennedy was nine! Well done you guys…
FIVE: Talking of veterans getting the job done, what about Bendigo’s Jaclyn Wilson. She lined up on the gate 11 times across three events and was first across the line on ten occasions, including securing the coveted 1A in the 40-44 cruiser and 20 inch, plus the inaugural women’s 30+ masters open wheel. Bravo Jac!
SIX: Or how about these two blokes! Kamahl Lord won the national elite men’s title at Tuggeranong in 1995. For those battling with the maths, that is 24 years ago. This year he took out the 40-44 cruiser and 20 inch double. In the 20in final he beat home Robert Slatter by less than six one hundredths of a second. Slatter was competing at his 30th straight nationals. Talk about dedication!
SEVEN: The 10 year’s boy’s class was the most contested of the week with no less than 71 riders jumping on the gate. The 13yrs boy’s had 65 riders take to the Shepparton track.
EIGHT: The 11year’s boy’s final MIGHT just have been the most competitive race ever contested at a national championships. There was the W1, W2, W3, 1A, 4A, 6A and 7A in the final. For the record, the title was won by the 1A rider, Cameron Gatt – the little star’s third straight Aussie crown.
NINE: Shepparton BMX Club and the Greater Shepparton City Council were wonderful hosts for the event. Mayor Kim O’Keefe even told us that the BMXA family had contributed an estimated $3.8million to the local economy over the course of the week.
TEN: Perhaps the most inspirational performance of the week had little to do with finals or 1A plates. Noah Johns ended his day 49th in the 12 years boy’s event. The significance you ask? Noah, like his Dad, Paul, suffers from dominant optic atrophy, a genetic vision impairment that classifies him as legally blind. He can only see two metres in front of him, which makes navigating a challenging BMX track with seven other riders and hundreds of screaming spectators pretty difficult. If Noah could see all that we can, he’d see a boy big on courage. Himself!
ELEVEN: And talking of sight. Was there a better one than seeing the pro riders engage with their new found sprocket buddies before and after the Pro Spectacular? Not all heroes where capes, but plenty of them ride BMX! Congrats to all involved.
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