The Australian BMX Hall of Fame has announced the five nominees for the 2020 Sam Willoughby medal, named in honour of Australia’s only BMX Olympic medallist.
The Sam Willoughby Medal nominees have been decided after a short delay due to CVOID-19. The nominees have been determined by a panel consisting of National Coaching Manager Luke Madill, Technical Director BMX – Australian Cycling Team Wade Bootes and Sam Willoughby.
The award is aimed at recognising and rewarding current Australian riders, regardless of age, gender or competition class. The inaugural winner of the award was Thomas Tucker in 2018 and in its second year, the winner was Jordan Callum.
Unfortunately, due to the current border and travel restrictions, there will be no BMX Hall of Fame gala dinner. Instead, the 2020 winner will be announced on September 26 via the Australia Hall of Fame Facebook page.
The winner will receive $1000 prize money courtesy of BMX International, and each nominee will receive a Sprintblock training device from Sprintblock.
Check out the five nominees below.
Here are your 2020 Sam Willoughby Medal Nominees!
Posted by Australian BMX Hall Of Fame on Thursday, 10 September 2020
If you need a reminder on the stellar 2019-20 these riders had, check out some of their fine achievements below.
Abbey Richards – Southside BMX Club (14yrs girl’s)
Richards won the 14 girl’s title at the national championships last year and continued her form at her first world championships in 2019, grabbing silver in the 14 girl’s event.
Thomas Tucker – Pine Rivers BMX Club (14yrs boy’s)
Tucker took out his seventh consecutive 20inch gold medal in Zolder last year, bringing his personal world title tally to nine. On top of this, Tucker defended all his titles at the 2019 Grand Nationals in Oklahoma, USA.
Oliver Moran – Manning Valley BMX Club (Junior Elite Men)
Moran finished second in the junior elite category at world championships in Zolder last year and took out the men’s junior BMX title at the Cycling Australia awards in December.
Saya Sakakibara – Southlake/Illawarra BMX Club (Elite Women)
Sakakibara was a finalist in the elite women’s event at the 2019 world championships and competed in 6 out of the last 7 UCI Supercross World Cup finals, grabbing second and fourth in the opening rounds of the 2020 season in Shepparton.
Anthony Dean – Cross Keys BMX Club (Elite Men)
Dean was a finalist in the elite men’s event at the 2019 world championships and grabbed second in the opening round of the UCI Supercross World Cup in Shepparton at the start of the year.