Local legends win Australia Day awards

COVER PIC: Courtesy of Harbour City BMX Club 

Those celebrated were Bruce Crow[, the president of the club, and Angela Potter, on track to make world’s this year in only her fifth year of racing.

Gladstone Regional Council every year hosts its annual Australia Day awards to reward members of the community who have made outstanding achievements and contributed to growth and development in a variety of ways.

Crow was recognised for his involvement in the club’s new track and Potter, one of the club’s top racers, for her efforts on and off the bike after claiming the A2 plate in two different classes .

Crow was one of the principal figures behind securing funding for the state-of-the-art new track for Harbour City. On top of this he worked tirelessly in the background to make sure the project went as efficiently as possible.

Congratulations to Bruce Crow, Sports Official of the Year Award recipient at the 2020 Australia Day Awards.

Bruce is…

Posted by Gladstone Regional Council on Friday, 31 January 2020

Crow said this was the biggest project for the club ever and was grateful for how the community rallied to help.

“We had a couple of set-backs early on as it took a while for construction to begin, but when construction did begin it went smoothly,” Crow said.

“We had to turn over 10,000 cubic metres of dirt, cut the track out of a hill, it was not an easy task, I’m grateful we have a big club who was willing to help and contribute in any way they could.”

The track opened up last March with current Olympic gold medallist Connor Fields attending the opening race day, alongside 2,500 people. With the track finished and improvements already lined up, Crow has big goals for the small club.

“We have the biggest berms in Queensland, with Sleemans, but we need to concrete the berms so that we can look to hold state championships,” Crow said. 

Potter as a rider has achieved a lot in her five years in the sport, but on top of this she is one of the most esteemed members in the community with young riders looking up to her due to her competitive spirit and the effort she makes with all the youngsters.

Congratulations to Angela Potter, Senior Sportsperson of the Year Award recipient at the 2020 Australia Day…

Posted by Gladstone Regional Council on Monday, 3 February 2020

“Her dedication to the sport as a full time working mother is outstanding, the whole club respects her and looks up to her,” Crow said.

Currently holding A2 in 40-44 20 inch and 40-44 cruiser, Potter has a big 2020 in plan as she will head to Launceston in a month in order to qualify for worlds in Houston in May.

The Most Rewarding Job in BMX


Claire Ford of the Jingili BMX Club in the Northern Territory became an official ten years ago when her daughter Yasmin started the sport.

Ford told us, “I started officiating in the first month and have done it ever since. Once you start it’s like a vortex, you can’t stop!”

In her ten years, she has developed as an official advancing to level one in her first year, before qualifying as a level two official and more recently completing her level three.

“It’s easy with the more experience you get and highly rewarding as you can progress and develop yourself,” Ford said.

While Ford was progressing as an official, her daughter Yasmin was making a name for herself, taking the 14 years girls national series title in 2019. Check out one of her finals below.

Ford said as an official you could end up anywhere around the track to watch your children race and that her favourite aspect of the job was the camaraderie.

“The chance to meet fantastic new people and be a part of the BMXA team is extremely rewarding,” Ford said.

“On top of that there are chances to be rewarded for your progress and continue to better yourself.”

Come and help make our national championships and national series a success. Fill in our EOI form – HERE – and officiate now.

Are you interested in becoming an official – CLICK HERE – to start your adventure as a BMXA official.

BMXA merch proceeds to bushfire appeal

COVER PIC: Courtesy of news.com.au

Instead, they will go to helping the Rural Fire Services of the states affected who are doing a tremendous job in battling the catastrophic bushfires.

Chair of BMX Australia, Darren Alomes, is simply devastated by the destruction these bushfires have caused and is sure the BMXA family will rally behind this initiative to support those fighting fires.

“These fires have been chaotic and it’s horrifying to see the damage they have caused to Australia’s communities,” Alomes said.

“We hope these proceeds can help those brave individuals and on behalf of the BMXA community, we send our deepest condolences to those affected.”

There are still heaps of 2019 merchandise available for the BMXA community to get their hands on like t-shirts and a limited supply of hoodies!

Simply head to the member shop through OSM and get yours now – HERE!

Members could even buy the merchandise and donate to those in effected areas by heading to this link – HERE

A year off for the NSW Young Star

It has been a tough year in terms of success for the rising star from NSW.

In 2018 Miller found the top of the junior elite podium on a multitude of platforms including the national championships in Bunbury, as well as a dominant performance on the national series stage.

2018 National Championships: Junior elite women’s final

Winning again after Oceania’s on Wednesday 🙌,

Watch Ashlee Miller win the women’s junior elite at Bunbury BMX Club Inc. #BMXANats18

Posted by BMX Australia on Saturday, March 24, 2018

Yet 2019 couldn’t be more different, starting with a heavy crash on the first berm during the stage 1 of the 2019 BMXA BAD BOY National Series in Sydney.

That injury put a halt on her national series campaign, missing out on stage 2 at Westside before returning spectacularly to stage 3 at Ipswich, where she went bar-for-bar with Beenleigh’s Des’Ree Barnes and Pine Rivers’ Kiana Botfield to win on overall points.

Unfortunately, that was the final national stage victory for the 18-year old, who was on track for another successful year on the bike.

Her final major race was the national championships in May at Shepparton, and it ended in disaster for the HSC student who came down hard in the second moto, breaking her collarbone in the process.

(Watch from 13:20)

“My collarbone broke so far about that it would never heal without help,” Miller explained.

“I was in so much pain after nationals. What was worse was that I had an eight-hour drive from Shepparton to Sydney with a broken shoulder and as soon as I got home, I was taken straight to hospital for surgery.

“This means that I’m out for the all the world cup rounds in Australia, which I am really gutted about. My plan was to go to all four of the world cup rounds before enjoying my end of high school and taking a gap year travelling.

“But now I’m going to flip it around and travel first before hopefully having a couple of races in the national rounds in America at the back end of the year.”

It was well known how excited Miller was for the 2019 season after discussing with BMXA how much she was looking forward to tackling the 8-metre hill at nationals (Shepparton). But health needed to come first and Miller needed to focus on her higher school certificate before continuing her career on the BMX bike.

“It was a real shame to come down at nationals,” Miller continued.

“I think my lead up to the event couldn’t have gone any smoother and I felt great during the first moto. But coming together with Desi in that first straight was pretty heart-wrenching, but I guess that’s the sport. It’s not called a full body contact sport for nothing.

“But my health needed to come first, especially with some concussions at the start of the year in Sydney so I needed to focus on my schoolwork in the back end.”

Nevertheless, Miller will return to the bike and she is reassuring naysayers she can’t wait to do so.

“I spoke to Luke (Madill) who offered me a spot on the national team, but I had to sadly decline.

“I’m not saying I’m never going to be back; I love racing and everything about it. But I was always going to take a gap year next year and haven’t really decided on anything yet. I guess we shall see.”

Sakakibara, Moran and Barnes win Cycling Australia awards

Sakakibara took out the female elite BMX title at the star-studded awards celebration held in Brisbane.

It was the second year in a row she has claimed the award, while Moran and Barnes picked up the respective male and female junior BMX trophies.

Moran finished second in the junior elite category at this year’s world championships in Zolder. Barnes won her ninth straight Australian title and made it through to the semi finals at the world championships.

Freestyle BMX rider Brandon Loupos took out the elite male prize.

Sakakibara said that despite the award, her year was a tough one that ended on a positive note.

“It was a challenging but fulfilling season,” Sakakibara said.

“Compared to last year I didn’t produce the results. I had a lot of mental challenges and having six crashes in four months it was definitely really tough to line up on the gate with other riders.

“But with the worlds I thought my performance was really good, I didn’t get the results I wanted but it adds fuel to the fire and makes me a lot hungrier.

“I finished off the season with a win at the Olympic test event and is such a great confidence booster.”

The focus for Sakakibara, Moran and Barnes now turns to the first four rounds of the 2020 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup rounds in Shepparton (February 1&2) and Bathurst (February 8&9). Tickets for those events can be found here.

Image courtesy John Veage/Cycling Australia

Aussie success in US!

COVER PIC: Courtesy of USA BMX

One of the biggest events on the global BMX calendar took place across four days at the Tulsa River Spirit Expo Square in Oklahoma, USA (Nov 28 – Dec 1).

Riders from around the world came together for an epic event, self-proclaimed as the ‘Greatest Race on Earth’.

Among the thousands of riders were an Australian contingent who were ready to fly the Aussie flag and taste success, something they have done successfully in the past. READ HERE

Initiating the event as always was the invitational known as the Race of Champions (ROC), and there was a plethora of success stories as Australia kicked off the four-day spectacle with four first places, three seconds, a third, and a seventh.

Queensland’s Jayce Cunning was a man on a mission after coming fifth in the A Pro category last year, the rising star picked up the top spot in dazzling style. Joining Cunning was Callide Valley’s Tama Onekawa who won the 9-10 open class.

The Grands is well accustomed to seeing Pine Rivers’ Tommy Tucker and the 8x world champion lived up to his reputation picking up the 1-spot in the 13-14 open.

Rio Olympian Lauren Reynolds attempted to chase down longstanding training partner Alise Willoughby in the elite women’s but fell just short settling for second. Also grabbing silver was Sammy Ivas in the 9-10 open and Jake Sverns in the 26-30.

Australia’s 2019 national series junior elite and superclass champion, Kiana Botfield, picked up bronze in the 17-20 mixed open pro while Rockingham’s Jordan Callum recorded a seventh in the 13-14 open.

With the Aussies successful during ROC, high expectations had them ready to go for the big showdown known as the Grand Nationals.

In total, there were 16 recorded top eight placings with riders competing in the 20inch and cruiser categories.

Leading the charge once again was Cunning, who backed up his ROC performance to take out the A Pro category. Unsurprisingly, not only did Tommy Tucker pick up the 14-expert class, but the corresponding cruiser category as well.

Missing out by one spot in joining Cunning and Tucker was Pine Rivers’ Kye Affoo who grabbed silver in the 17-20 expert, while Kiana’s mother, Julia Botfield, grabbed second in the 36-40 women’s cruiser.

Sverns was another rider who found himself on the podium after his ROC success, winning bronze in the 26-30 open, while along similar lines was Callum who grabbed bronze in the 15 expert.

Callum Woodbury had a big few days, grabbing a pair of third placings in the 11-12 open and 12 expert.

On top of their success at Grand Nationals, a handful of Aussies were consistently battling the Americans in their national rounds throughout the year.

Adding to Tucker’s successful weekend, the world champion also recorded his second consecutive NAG1 plate in the 20inch as well as the cruiser category. Joining Tucker was Affoo, who finished second overall in the 17-20 standings.

While Tucker successfully defended his Grands trophies from last year, Jack Davis from Tamworth didn’t have the same Cinderella story.

After winning the 15-16 open and the 16-boy’s expert class last year, Davis was a favourite to do so again after a competitive year in Australia. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for the New South Welshman who crashed in the semi-finals and suffered another broken collarbone.

Read that story by the Northern Daily Leader – HERE

 The elite men’s and women’s category at Grands always boast a star-studded gate of riders and this year was no different. The men’s top spot went to USA’s Corben Sharrah, with second going to Rio Olympic gold medallist Connor Fields, and third to France’s Romain Mayet.

USA’s Alise Willoughby won another Grands title in the elite women’s class, with fellow US riders Ashley Verhagen grabbing second and the 2019 world cup standings runner-up Felicia Stancil in third.

For a full list of results – CLICK HERE

To watch all the action from the 2019 Grand Nationals, check out the videos below as well as Australia’s finalists.

Aussie results from Grands

Race of Championships (ROC)

  • Jayce Cunning: FIRST (A Pro)
  • Tama Onekawa: FIRST (9-10 Open)
  • Thomas Tucker: FIRST (13-14 Open)
  • Lauren Reynolds: SECOND (Women Elite)
  • Samuel Ivas: SECOND (9-10 Open)
  • Jake Sverns: SECOND (26-30 Open)
  • Kiana Botfield: THIRD (17-20 Mixed Open Pro
  • Jordan Callum: SEVENTH (13-14 Open)

 

Grand Nationals

  • Jayce Cunning: FIRST (A Pro)
  • Thomas Tucker: FIRST (14 Cruiser) – FIRST 14 (Expert)
  • Kye Affoo: SECOND (17-20 Expert)
  • Julia Botfield: SECOND (36-40 Women Cruiser)
  • Jake Sverns: THIRD (26-30 Open)
  • Jordan Callum: THIRD (15 Expert), EIGHTH (15 Cruiser)
  • Callum Woodbury: THIRD (12 Expert), THIRD (11-12 Open)
  • Lauren Reynolds: FOURTH (Women Elite)
  • Courtney Oostendorp: SIXTH (13-14 Mixed Open)
  • Kiana Botfield: SIXTH (17-20 Mixed Open)
  • Samuel Ivas: SIXTH (9-10 Open)
  • Steve Ewart: SIXTH (51 & Over)
  • Tama Onekawa: SIXTH (11-12 Open)
  • Rachel Jones: EIGHTH (Women Elite)

Joel Marsh set for superclass in 2020

Happy Valley’s Joel Marsh is ready for another year on the bike and in particular, his long-awaited debut in the superclass category.

The rising South Australian has had a mixed run of results in 2019, coming down at the nationals in Shepparton as well as the worlds in Belgium.

But the youngster has remained committed to his training and emerged through the clouds to finish on top of the 15-boy’s national series standings, after he dominated the final three rounds in Adelaide, Hobart and Canberra.

“It felt really awesome to grab the national series title,” Marsh said.

“I haven’t really had the best year crashing at nationals and worlds, but it was really relieving to win it and I was really stoked. It’s definitely my best result this year after all the hard work.”

Marsh’s debut in the superclass category had been delayed a year due to the new BMXA that had increased the age limit to 16.

This has been discussed at length throughout the BMX community and BMXA’s Luke Madill voices the reasons and benefits to this ruling – READ HERE – something that Marsh understands and appreciates.

“The rule change to the superclass age limit was good and bad… but it’s given me a great chance to prepare myself for the big jump I’ll be taking next year. I can’t wait!”

“It definitely gave me heaps of confidence having one more year in my age. There’s quite a big gap in the ages and abilities in superclass especially when a lot of them do it as their career. It’s a big step up in racing.”

But his superclass debut is finally upon the shredder and he’s eager to show his skills against the best in the business, even against his training buddy.

“I’ve been waiting quite a while for a chance to race the superclass. I’m really looking forward to lining up on the gate against so many riders that I have looked up to,” he said.

“I’m especially looking forward to racing against Shane (Rosa). We train together quite a lot and there’s always a good bit of banter between us. He always jokes with me and I like that I’m catching up to him every time we train.”

With less than two months remaining before he takes the plunge in 2020, Marsh is doing everything he can to ensure he is ready for the gates to drop and has many goals already on his list to ensure he does one better than 2019.

“My training has been going really well at the moment. I’ve got (Olympian) Brian (Kirkham) helping me and I’m pretty positive I can do well,” Marsh said.

“I think my main goal next year is to get on the podium at worlds in Houston. If I keep working hard and training goes well, I reckon I can achieve it.”

Marsh is preparing for the 2019 Victorian Open State Championships at Casey BMX Club this weekend (November 22-24) and is relishing at the opportunity to add to his successes in his final bout of the year.

Thank you Martin Shaw

Along with the tidings of the season, I regretfully bring some unfortunate news to our BMX family.

It is my duty to advise our members that our BMXA CEO Martin Shaw has tendered his resignation to the Board of BMX Australia and we have regretfully accepted it.

Martin has been an integral part of our BMXA engine room since 2016 and has been a mentor and voice of stability and reason to all, providing guidance and council within and outside our sport.

The BMXA Board and I would like to take the opportunity to publicly wish Martin and his family safe ventures going forward in new endeavours.

Martin will remain at BMXA until late January but it goes without saying that we are diligently working with, among others, Sport Australia, in sourcing a new CEO to best serve the sport as we move forward.

To all of the Australian BMX family, season’s greetings and a safe, prosperous and happy New Year.

Regards

Darren Alomes – Chair, BMX Australia

BMX opens in Bacchus Marsh

COVER PIC: Courtesy of Bacchus Marsh BMX Club Facebook Page.

After commencing discussions with their local council back in 2010, the Bacchus Marsh BMX Club, located 50 kilometres north west of Melbourne, is officially affiliated with BMXA.

President of the newly rebuilt club, Les Stewart, is proud to be finally at the end of their very long road and can’t believe that their opening day is this weekend.

“I grew up here in Bacchus and back in the 80’s, BMX was quite big here,” Stewart explained.

“It all started when my son began racing about 12 years ago. We were going to a lot of the race meets and we started running into kids from school.

“We sort of scoped our area and realised that there was big participation based in Bacchus Marsh and we would all have to travel to Sunbury to compete. So, a few of us got together and went to council, that was back in 2010.”

Development was put on hold for many reasons but predominantly, it was due to funding. It was only when the council began redeveloping an area to create the Bacchus Marsh   Recreational Area that things began to move.

“I always felt that every two steps forward, it was three steps back,” Stewart continued.

“Council are now creating a sporting hub and we are very excited to be a part of it.”

Waiting nine years for the thumbs up can take a toll on a team, and while there have been setbacks, reshuffling, and lots of waiting, Stewart is proud of the commitment the Bacchus Marsh committee have displayed as they count down the days until their official launch.

“A lot of people have come and gone,” Stewart said.

“I’ve got a good team at the moment who are all working very hard for this weekend.

“We are expecting 100 riders to line up on our new gate, including councillors, local politicians and a great turn out.”

While encouraging entries for their event, Stewart relishes at the opportunity to share information on his track and loves that it is a strip open to all ages and abilities.

“The aim of the track is to cater for all levels of riders. From beginner right through to the elite,” Stewart said.

“All the jumps are very friendly and are open for multiple combinations. This can help develop riders and it’s got a bit of everything for everyone.

 

One of our Local riders getting some air time on our Pro Section

Posted by Bacchus Marsh BMX Club on Monday, September 30, 2019

 

“In particular, our second pro straight has big jumps. But also includes triples and doubles which means that riders can attack it any way they want.

“Some of the jumps are up there with the biggest in the country and with the triples and doubles within them, it means it isn’t as intimidating.”

The location is 45 minutes west of Melbourne and includes major accommodation as well as a great country atmosphere. This weekend in particular has the Strawberry and Cherry Festival officially opening the harvest season and includes a rock band, fireworks and a wide range of other entertainment.

In short, it’s the perfect opportunity to open the Bacchus Marsh BMX Club and YOU can turn up on the day and enter!

The entry fee is $8 per rider and capped at $20 for a family of three or more.

For more information visit their club Facebook page – HERE or their Facebook event page – HERE

Well you have heard the rumours now let’s make it official!!

Bacchus Marsh BMX Club Grand Opening Clubby

Let’s get…

Posted by Bacchus Marsh BMX Club on Wednesday, October 23, 2019

BMX is for all… just ask Penrith BMX Club

COVER PIC: Courtesy of Penrith BMX Club’s Facebook page.

Can you remember your first time on a bike?

That sensation of adrenaline, wave of excitement and cheer of delight as you came down the start hill and made your way through a BMX strip.

That exact feeling was on the cards for five riders at the Penrith BMX Club recently when they held a Disability Day for individuals with special needs and it was an unquestionable success.

Ride IN2BMX days are a fun and engaging way to encourage those who are interested in trying BMX, giving participants the basics while in a safe and encouraging environment.

Running the day was Penrith’s Director of Administration Kyle Paterson, who was blown away by the excitement and success their unique event created.

“We had riders with many different disabilities, and it went really well,” Paterson explained.

“We were very fortunate to have a lot of coaches on hand to help out the day. We had our own Chris Page, Fraser Hamilton, Donna Fleming and Brian from BikeWorks down in Southlake.

“The purpose of the day was to try and get a class created so they can compete during events just like they can in rugby and tennis. Longer down the track, we hope we can have a Paralympic team.

“We are currently following up with those who had a successful day on track and to see if they want to sign up, we had great feedback, so we are sure they’ll be back”

Leading the belief that BMX has no boundaries in disabilities is Tamworth’s life member Mark ‘Stoney’ Stones, who has lived BMX his entire life with cerebral palsy and has no intention of slowing down, turning up on the day to help encourage new riders to get on a bike and have a go.

 

“It was so great to have Stoney turn up”, Paterson said.

“He made the trip all the way down from Tamworth and everyone really appreciated his time and efforts there.”

The five participants had an action-packed day, beginning with some simple drills around the canteen area to analyse their abilities and their confidence, before letting them go on the straights teaching pumping and other skills.

By the end of the day, they were riding the full track and the entire coaching team were thrilled by their efforts and the rewarding feeling they experienced.

“The whole day was so rewarding for us, in particular was helping one of the riders get through his first jump,” Paterson said.

“I was really encouraged by what we saw and what we achieved, and we are really motivated to have another inclusion day for special needs at the start of next year.

“It was so good have Stoney there showing people that we are very accommodating and, just like every club, always do our best to get everyone on a bike.”

Posted by Penrith BMX Club on Friday, October 25, 2019

 

Like Stoney, there are many BMXA family members who live their lives with a disability and find salvation through BMX.

Some other heroes include:

  • The four shredders and their families from Nerang – READ HERE
  • Noah Johns who deals with dominant optic atrophy – READ HERE
  • Ky Pallin who suffers from cystic fibrosis – READ HERE

Do you know of any other unsung heroes?

Let us know by emailing news@bmxaustralia.com.au


Are you interested in holding your own Ride In2BMX day?

Why not take a look at our website page – HERE – and if you have any question, don’t hesitate to contact participation@bmxaustralia.com.au.