The announcement of this new partnership means that both the Australian BMX Museum and the Australian BMX Hall Of Fame can build on the great work that they have already started, and explore bigger ideas and opportunities.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of organised BMX racing here in Australia, that’s over 40 years’ worth of history to share, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than by announcing this fantastic new collaboration!
“We are very excited to finally have an official, national hall of fame with the backing of BMX Australia”, said Australian BMX Hall of Fame and Australian BMX Museum Manager Cameron Mitchell.
“The Hall Of Fame allows us to showcase people who have shaped the sport in this country. Whether they are champion riders, important volunteers and officials, or major Industry players, there are countless people who need to be recognised for their achievements. By celebrating these people, we hope to inspire others currently enjoying their career in BMX.”
The Museum works tirelessly on collecting video footage from every Australian National Championship final in every age group, as well as World Championships finals that feature any Team Australia members. The Museum already has over 10TB of video tapes saved and archived that has been sent in from all over Australia.
“The Museum is not only for the old school BMX fans – we are working on completely documenting the entire history of BMX in Australia, right through to the present day”, says Mitchell.
“One thing that has become clear since we launched a couple of years ago, is that people who raced BMX at some point in their lives, still have very fond memories of their time in the sport. Life-long friendships have been forged and people are still passionate about the sport of BMX whether they are still involved or not. I think the values of BMX being a family sport are largely responsible for that, and is something that will never change.”
Did you know that BMX was the starting point for some of Australia’s finest athletes? Olympic champion Anna Meares won an Australian BMX title as a 6-year-old girl back in 1990, before switching to track cycling and becoming a legend. Drew Ginn was a talented BMXer placing in world titles in the 1980’s before becoming a 3x Olympic gold medal winning rower.
There is so much great information available for everyone to enjoy, by sharing the history of the sport, the Australian BMX Museum and the Australian BMX Hall Of Fame hope to inspire the next generation of kids to reach their full potential, whether that be in BMX, other sports, or in life.
They are always looking for people to contribute (photos, magazines, videos etc.), so if you have anything you think might be worth sharing, get involved! Visit the Australian BMX Museum Facebook page, and send them a message or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about these great initiatives, follow these links to their websites: