The first ever Sam “I Am” Willoughby BMX racing competition has been initiated to raise money for the Willoughby family, with all proceeds made from the weekend being contributed towards the on-going cost of the rehabilitation and medical care of the injured BMX star following his life-altering accident in September 2016.
Riders will participate in two rounds of racing including four motos and finals on Friday August 25 at Happy Valley BMX Club and on Saturday August 26 Tea Tree Gully BMX Club. With large participation numbers expected and extensive community support across all age groups, the event will see mini wheeler, sprocket, cruiser, challenge, retro and superclasses take to the track.
Entry is open to all riders with a BMX license, and you can enter on the day for just a small donation of $10.
BMX Australia Board Member Darren Alomes said he had been enthused by the way that clubs and riders were getting behind the event to help one of their own.
“It is great to see the state facilitating the concept from the clubs to hold the event and offer support to Sam’s family for his ongoing recovery,” Alomes said.
“This initiative wouldn’t have been possible without the tireless work of all the volunteers involved from both a state and club level.”
For his part, Willoughby has been working tirelessly throughout this year with his personal trainer Eric Harness on regaining the use of his lower body. Harness is well known for his work helping Australian snowboarder Josh Wood walk again after the athlete suffered a spinal cord injury back in 2000.
“Sam is a not only a role model to the younger riders, and older ones for that matter, he is a friend and foe (on track) for our elite riders. From the talk around the track, it sounds like quite a few past riders are coming out for the weekend to take on the current ones for the cause,” continued Alomes.
While all are encouraged to attend, those that can’t can still play a part by donating to the Road2Recovery – Strength for #91 webpage.
Make sure you click attending on Facebook and share the event with all your BMX friends!
For further information, check out the event technical guide here.
BMXSA will be following up the event with their 2017 BMXSA State Championships held at the Happy Valley BMX Club on October 26-29.