BMX in Australia has changed and grown a lot since its inception in the late 1970’s. A lot of people have played a role in this but one figure who has had a fundamental impact on the sport is Abe Schneider.
Over the weekend, the Governor-General announced the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List, recognising 933 Australians who have made outstanding contributions to their community. One of these recipients was a man who pioneered BMX in Australia, Abe Schneider.
BMXA Life Member Schneider is an Australian BMX Museum and Hall of Fame Advisory Board member whose contributions to the sport are unparalleled. Schneider was the founding member of BMX Australia in the late 1970’s after he built his own track in Perth, being the first ever track in Australia.
Since then Schneider has been a part of the sport in a range of ways including holding executive roles at BMX Australia and UCI International. On top of this he is seen as one of the great commentators of the sport.
His biggest impact on the sport was his sheer determination to make BMX an Olympic sport. It took close to 15 years to turn the dream into a reality and included many setbacks and public disapproval.
When BMX was eventually admitted to the Olympics in 2008 it revolutionised the sport as received the global recognition it deserved.
“I had a dream, the dream turned to a vision, the vision to reality and the reality became an obsession but I chased this goal and it finally, finally happened, which was one of the greatest moments of my life,” Schneider told the ABC.
BMX Australia Chairman Darren Alomes echoed the thoughts of the BMX community regarding Schneider’s role in the sport.
“Abe Schneider’s passion for the sport and drive as an individual is one of the reasons BMX continues to grow nationally and internationally. For that we thank him and congratulate him on this honour, “Alomes said.
The Member of the Order of Australia is awarded for service in a particular locality or field of activity or to a particular group.