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It’s one of the most spirited rivalries in world sport – Australia against New Zealand – and some of the future stars of BMX have been entrusted with upholding its legacy when they come together for the Junior Test Team on the June long weekend.

It’s one of the most spirited rivalries in world sport – Australia against New Zealand – and some of the future stars of BMX have been entrusted with upholding its legacy when they come together for the Junior Test Team on the June long weekend.

The event will be part of the BMXtreme Carnival at Macarthur BMX Club starting tomorrow June 10th. The weekend long competition will also incorporate the NSW pre-titles and Mighty 11’s competition that will showcase even more of Australia’s rising talent in that age category.

Having gained selection through a qualifying event at the ACT Championships, four boys and four girls’, led by captains Bailey Jokic and Bella May, will represent Australia in the Test against the eight rider New Zealand squad.

Australia will return the favour in October when an eight rider team heads to the North Island Titles in New Zealand for the return clash.

Joining Jokic (WA) and May (VIC) in the Australian team, to be managed by Director of BMXNSW, Peter Jaehne (boy’s), and Julia Botfield (girl’s), will be Queenslanders Flynn Sweeney and Campbell Allan, Cooper Fox (NSW), Chloe Gibbons (QLD) and Sienna Pal and Nicole Duncan (both NSW).

Jaehne believes the Junior Test Team event, a concept that has been running for almost 25 years, is a great pathway for riders with the highest of aspirations in the sport.

“I consider the Junior Test Team to be the first feeder into other elite BMX squads,” Jaehne said.

“It’s the first step along the elite development pathway and sets these young riders up to move forward into BMXA’s other teams and squads.

“Many of those that have been really successful in our sport, the likes of Sam Willoughby, Caroline Buchanan, Kai and Saya Sakakibara, to name just a few, have come through this event. It converts very well.”

The Junior Test Team event will consist of five motos, while the return bout in New Zealand will be contested over six motos.

The Mighty 11’s will see both girl’s and boy’s racing together, but Jaehne said BMXNSW will recognise the top boy’s and girl’s.

“We welcome all riders in that 11yrs age group from all around the country to participate in this event and we promote very heavily the participation of the girls,” Jaehne said.

“As well as rewarding the top four overall finishers, we also honour the top four girls no matter where they are in the overall result. That’s of course if they don’t beat the boy’s, which has happened before.”

Full Junior Test Team:

Boys

Bailey Jokic
Campbell Allan
Flynn Sweeney
Josh Jolly

Girls

Bella May
Chloe Gibbons
Nicole Duncan
Sienna Pal

To see the Test Team Rider Profiles CLICK HERE