If you haven’t heard of him yet you should do your research, this kid is going places and his story will give your day a real lift.
Jack Davis from Tamworth BMX Club is a star on the rise. If you haven’t heard of him yet you should do your research, this kid is going places and his story will give your day a real lift.
With a mature and modest head on his youthful 15-year-old shoulders, Jack has been quietly improving his racing skills right under our noses, and his talent doesn’t stop there. Davis is now a dual sport Australian champion in both BMX and Olympic weightlifting.
With a kid possessing this much talent, there must be a few stories, stats or facts we can find on him.
So, without delay, here are 10 things we recently learned about THE Jack Davis:
1. Davis finished fourth in the 15 boys event at the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships in Rock Hill. He was the highest placed Australian rider in his age group, outracing twelve of his fellow teammates.
2. At age eleven Jack began lifting weights as a means to improve his strength and power on the bike. Soon enough, he took a fondness to the sport of Olympic weightlifting and enjoyed how it complimented his BMX training.
3. Spending hours in the gym training, Davis naturally became a pretty talented weightlifter, which saw him taken under the wing of Sydney based Olympic weightlifting coach who saw some extreme potential in him.
4. He participated in his first ever weightlifting competition this year on the Gold Coast, and not long after, attended the Australian Under 15 and Youth Weightlifting Championships. Remarkably he finished first in the under 15 class and second in the youth class.
5. Davis has his sights entirely set on keeping BMX racing as his main priority and one day dreams to turn pro and make a professional career out of BMX. If that fails, there’s always Olympic weightlifting. Not a bad fall-back strategy.
“My dream is to one day make a living out of BMX racing, to move to America after school and make enough money to live off it,” says Davis who has been riding BMX for over ten years.
“Olympic weightlifting could definitely be a plan B for me, but BMX has always been my main priority and I have never lost my passion for the sport.”
6. His best ever Australian BMX result was winning the 14 boys title back in 2016 at the national championships in Bathurst. Davis grabbed the Aussie eight plate at this year’s nationals after unluckily crashing out in the 15 boys’ final.
“I went off the track just after the 2nd turn, I tried to cut down the middle and hit the back wheel of the person in front of me and came off the track,” he lamented.
“I was really happy with how I rode throughout the weekend though, unfortunately in the end it just didn’t go my way.”
7. Sam Willoughby is his sports idol and someone who he really looks up to. After the talk Sam gave the Aussie team at Rock Hill this year (if you haven’t seen it, CLICK HERE – It’s must-see viewing!), we’re sure he only went up in Jack’s books!
“Even though he isn’t racing anymore I still look up to Sam Willoughby, I’ve met him a couple of times and had a couple of conversations with him which is really cool.”
8. Racing pro in the USA might be the future, but unlike other riders his age, Davis has already sampled the North American lifestyle. Growing up Davis lived in Canada for a couple of years while his parents participated in a teacher exchange. The move allowed Davis to participate in a bunch of BMX racing competitions in the USA.
“I think racing over there definitely helped me get better. It’s a lot tougher over there. You show up to races in Australia and there’s a small group of maybe eight guys that you worry about, whereas over in the USA there is as many as thirty plus riders that could all make it to the finals.”
9. Later this year when the BMX calendar has a quieter period, Davis will be travelling to the Gold Coast to compete at the 2017 Australian and Oceania Masters Weightlifting Championships over the coming weeks. Davis will be going for gold in youth championships class where he will be the youngest competitor by a whopping two years.
“I’m a little nervous, especially being the youngest. But I think I will just worry about myself and hopefully it all goes well for me.”
10. You can track all of Jack Davis’s development and achievements by following his Instagram account.
Photo Credit: Peter Hardin, The Northern Daily Leader