Four riders from regional Australia will get support from a Brisbane-based law firm as they chase their BMX dream
PIC: Courtesy Murphy’s law Facebook Page. Missing from photo – Regan Steindl (scroll down)
Four young BMX riders in regional Queensland have received a major boost in recent weeks, after being named to Australia’s newest factory BMX team – Murphy’s Law Junior Factory Team.
Regan Steindl, Harrison Crow, Jackson Elliot and Jake Leeson were all named to the team upon its inauguration in August this year. Helping to guide the quartet of young riders is Australian elite men’s rider Tristyn Kronk who was named as the team’s official ambassador, while Bruce Crow has stepped in as the team manager.
The organisation behind the team is Brisbane-based Murphy’s Law, Accident Lawyers and driving their inclusion in BMX is Donna McManus. McManus was first introduced to the sport by her brother Bruce Crow, who persuaded her to set up a stall at a local BMX, convincing her that it would be a top marketing opportunity for her business.
“I first convinced Donna to get involved in BMX via an event at Gladstone, even though her three kids don’t ride” Crowe recalled.
“She set up a stall at an open day and it gave some of the younger kids something to do. From there she began building a relationship with the sport and eventually met Tristyn and decided to sponsor him.
“That is what really led to the creation of the junior factory team, the whole concept came from her and Tristyn talking about it.”
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The impetus behind the team is simple. Young riders in regional Australia aren’t provided the same level of exposure to competition and different styles of tracks, that kids in more urbanised and densely populated areas are. When the idea was first put to Kronk, he leaped at the opportunity to be involved.
“I’ve been sponsored by Donna and her team for two seasons now, and at the start of this year they approached me about wanting to increase their involvement with younger riders,” Kronk said.
“When this idea was proposed, I was all for a program that would make an impact in BMX. The more we see of that, the better. I really see this as an extension of my past involvement with junior riders as a coach. I haven’t had the time to do as much coaching as I would have liked in 2018, so I saw this as an opportunity to get involved in junior development.
“I want to be part of a positive change for young riders and to give back.
“For local country riders, I do think there is a lack of exposure to tracks, competitions and training environments compared to kids in major cities, who are part of larger rider hubs. A lot of our local riders have a hard work ethic, and they overcome some of these hurdles and go on to claim zone, state, national and international plates. That is a testament to their work ethic.”
Echoing Kronk is McManus, the driving force behind the team who underscored the importance of supporting a group of kids from a regional area.
“I grew up in regional Queensland, so there’s a massive motivation to support those areas. This is a deliberate move for us to sponsor those regional kids,” McManus said.
“Our business is in the centre of Brisbane, and sponsorship is always who you know, not what you know, so the city kids here have more opportunities. It’s not quite the same in regional areas. BMX is a great sport to sponsor as well. There’s a genuine appreciation when we sponsor an event. We’re still a small business, so the money we spend on sponsorship is money we really have to work hard for.
“We’ve sponsored other events and the appreciation just isn’t there like it is in BMX. So, when we talked about the junior team, I loved the idea of sponsoring some kids who are just having a go. A lot of teams want the best riders, and our riders have talent, but we aren’t here to pressure them for results. It’s about their journey and what they want to achieve.”
With a team in place, flush with level-headed guidance, the next stop of the Murphy’s Law Junior Factory Team will be this weekend’s Sugar City Classic. Racing at this event is conducted over three days, at three different tracks – Walkerston BMX Club, Mackay Pioneer BMX Club and Sarina BMX Club.
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