There’s nothing more culturally ingrained than an Australian wanting to beat a New Zealander, and vice versa. Aussies love competing against that little land over yonder, and a handful of young BMX shredders had just…
There’s nothing more culturally ingrained than an Australian wanting to beat a New Zealander, and vice versa. Aussies love competing against that little land over yonder, and a handful of young BMX shredders had just that chance last weekend.
The Australian Trans Tasman Test Team travelled to Whangarei, NZ last week to compete in the annual Mighty 11s test event – just for 11-year-old riders – at the North Island BMX titles.
It’s an event that dates back the better part of 30-years & this year the results were split 50:50, the Aussie boys winning 117-78, while the New Zealand girls triumphed 104-91. Two hard fought events.
Representing the Aussie side of the ledger were eight 11-year old’s: Nicole Duncan, Chloe Gibbons, Teya Rufus, Mia Webster, Joshua Jolley, Joshua Tickell, Noah Elton and Bailey Jokic.
The only catch for the Aussies was that not only were they representing the green and gold against a fearsome NZ team, they were also lodging with them.
The billeting program is a unique and exciting part of the set up for this event. It helps to build camaraderie, but also respected between the riders. The Australian riders may have been eyeballing their competition day and night, but from all reports it is a fun and rewarding experience.
Among the Aussies contingent were a mix of riders from across the country, including Joshua Tickell from Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields BMX Club, who spoke passionately with his local TV news station about just what the opportunity meant for him.
Also included in the team was Mia Webster, a super-sub brought into the side only weeks before the event to replace Bella May, who unfortunately ended up with two broken arms during an on-track incident.
Reports are that Bella is recovering well, will have plaster off in about three weeks and is aiming for a return just before Christmas…oh, and she is more eager than ever to be back on the bike – watch out anyone that attempts to get in her way!
While the final results may have been split with the Australian boys and New Zealand girls taking the wins, individual highlights came for some riders. Bailey Jokic won the final, with Josh Jolley second, Josh Tickell second and Noah Elton third. Meanwhile Chloe Gibbons was our top ranked female rider, finishing fifth in her semi-final.
Australian Trans Tasman Test Team co-manager Peter Jaehne was thrilled with the level of competition in New Zealand, praising the organisation of the event, as well as thanking those involved in making it all happen.
“What an amazing 11 days in NZ, what an awesome event, Whangarei BMX Club you should be congratulated, I would consider your event to be one of the best NZ has held in my six years as Test Team manager,” Jaehne beamed.
“Racing across the weekend was very close and competitive, and the points score is probably not a true reflection of just how exciting the racing was.
“Thank you to our bullet families from Sunset Coast and Whangarei BMX clubs for opening your homes and making us feel so welcome.”
Although Mighty11s action may be wrapped up for this year, the call has already gone out to riders who want to ride for Australia in the 2018 event. In recent weeks, it was announced that round one of the 2018 BMX Australia National Series will be the selection event.
For all the 2018 hopefuls: Get training, this is an outstanding opportunity.
There were also a number of other Aussies in the mix in different classes, check out their results below!
2nd: Ryder Brooks
6th: Ryan Hall
SPROCKETS 6 BOYS
5TH: Rusty Killick
SPROCKETS 7 BOYS
1st: Harvey Brooks
6th: Fergus Wiggins
1st: Kyarnee Young
6th: Tyla Hall
2nd: Jasmine Standish
1st: Lincon Botfield
8th: Nate Cox
7th: Heidi Farman
6th: Britney Cole
1st: Kiana Botfield
40-44 CRUISER MALE