BMX Australia will hold their national championships in Western Australia in 2018 and 2021 after formalising a partnership with the WA State Government, through Tourism WA, and the City of Bunbury.
The championships will be held over six days with the 2018 event at the Bunbury BMX Track from March 20-25, supported by the City of Bunbury, and the 2021 edition in the Perth metropolitan area.
The 2018 event will be the first time the BMXA nationals have taken place in Western Australia since Perth in 2009.
More than 2,000 interstate competitors and supporters are expected for each event, making a significant contribution to the State’s economy.
BMX is one of the fastest growing sports in Australia, with the country attracting the second biggest number of participants in the world behind the USA, many of whom are from Western Australia.
BMXA President Neil Cameron said the partnership with Tourism WA and the City of Bunbury was a win-win for all parties.
“The board of BMXA and I are thrilled to have entered into a partnership with Tourism WA and the City of Bunbury that will help grow BMX in Western Australia and further nationalise our sport,” Cameron said.
“Our BMX family have the ability to contribute a considerable amount to the Western Australian economy and Tourism WA and the City of Bunbury will help us maintain the standard of event that our members expect and deserve.
“As a sport, we’d like to extend our thanks to the WA Government, Tourism WA and the City of Bunbury for their support and look forward to a long and healthy relationship through the period of this agreement and beyond.
“Western Australian clubs can provide competitors with the facilities and environment to produce top level racing and we are looking forward to working with clubs in the lead up to these events.”
Bunbury BMX Club is a growing club with over 200 members and is the home of dual Olympian Lauren Reynolds.
Reynolds said Bunbury would be a welcoming venue for such a prestigious event.
“Bringing the BMXA Nationals to Bunbury is wonderful news for BMX riders from all over Australia,” Reynolds said.
“It’s a beautiful part of Western Australia and Bunbury BMX track has been such a special part of my life.
“I hope the rest of the BMXA family can make the trip and take home some precious memories too.”
BMXA will have more information about the event available in due course.