Western Australia’s Jordan Callum has won the 2019 Sam Willoughby Medal during the second instalment of the annual Australian BMX Hall of Fame Gala Dinner last night (Saturday August 10) at the Mercure Gold Coast Resort.
Presented by Sam Willoughby himself and his wife Alise, the recently crowned elite women’s world champion, the medal is recognised as the Brownlow/Allan Border/Dally M of BMX celebrating a rider and his/her outstanding success in a calendar year on the international, domestic and state level stage.
Residing in Baldivis, Callum from Rockingham BMX Club, has had a mind blowing 12 months of racing and his results speak for themselves.
Kicking off the list is his performance at the 2018 UCI BMX World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan where he claimed gold and the world no.1 title for the 14-boy’s 20inch category, while also picking up silver and the W2 plate in the 13-14 boy’s cruiser.
Bringing those results back home, Callum then went on to shine in the 2018 BMXA BAD BOY National Series, convincingly winning round two at Frankston and round four at Nerang, before clean sweeping both round five at Cross Keys and round seven in Launceston to be crowned the 14-boy’s 20in national series champion.
Alongside his performances in Baku and in the national series, one of Callum’s most notable achievements was at the 2019 BMXA BAD BOY National Championships in Shepparton, where he clean swept his opponents for the top spot on the 15-boy’s podium and claimed the #1A plate.
Shortly after his success at nationals, he was competing at an event in his home state and unfortunately suffered a serious injury resulting in him missing out on the opportunity to defend his world title in Zolder.
The WA rider is currently sitting third on the 15-boy’s 2019 national series standings after his dominant performances in stage 1 in Sydney and stage 2 at Westside, but is now unlikely to compete at any more stages this year.
BMXA’s National Coaching Manager Luke Madill has been impressed with the teenager’s ability and is looking forward to watching him grow into a top tier racer.
“The skill and strength he has at his age is really impressive and it is providing him with a great platform to build on for what I hope is a bright future,” Madill said.
“He’s shown tremendous physical and mental maturity to win world championships and is on an exciting path for success.”
Another highlight of the gala dinner was the induction of five more members to the Australian BMX Museum’s Hall of Fame.
Stay tuned to BMXA’s website and social media platforms as we take an in-depth look at these five riders and their extraordinary careers in the coming days.