Wynyard Park BMX have put in the hard yards to make this a great event!
Castle Hill BMX Club’s Annie Randell is hoping to cap off an already successful 2017 with a strong result at the Australian Masters Games, with racing commencing today at Wynyard BMX Park, Tasmania.
Randell’s results this year already speak volumes for the 54-year-old, who took up life hurtling down the track on two-wheels in 2010 after following her kids into the sport. Recently she won the 50+ women’s Cruiser event at the NSW state titles, crossing the line more than two seconds ahead of her closest competitor.
Speaking with the Hills News, Randell praised the family nature of BMX and said that despite her daughter no longer racing, she – along with her husband – still get a real kick out of the sport.
“It’s a family oriented sport and it’s terrific that way,” Randell said.
“It’s very technical but once you get that down pat, it’s a really fun sport to do and now it’s becoming more popular now that it’s become and [sic] Olympic sport.”
Racing at the Australian Masters Games begins today and finishes tomorrow at Wynyard BMX, following a practice day yesterday. In a fine display of the inclusive and family nature of BMX, the club have also taken it upon themselves to run a junior competition in conjunction with the main event.
With more than 5,000 competitors having marched across Bass Strait to compete in 47 different sports at the Games, Randell is hoping she will be one of the lucky ones whose experience will be tinged gold.
“I go to the gym every morning and I train at the track of a night a couple of nights a week, so I’ve been training really hard for it,” Randell continued.
“I’d love to come away with something. I’m aiming for gold but I’ll see what happens. I’ve never seen the track before, I won’t know what it’s like until I get down there and have a roll around.”
In total, there will be 24 Masters riders taking on the Wynyard BMX Park track over the next two days. A further 36 riders will line up on the gate for the Junior Masters Games.
The full list of riders competing is below:
Masters Games competitors:
30-34yr Male: Levi Collins, Jason Dows, Luke Marsh
35+ Male: Wayne Daniel, Matthew French, Sean O’Connor, Graham Rogers
35-39 Men’s Cruiser: Kristin Broomhall, Jeremy Crisp, Joel Lee, Luke Marsh, Jim Moes
40+ Female: Hayley Becker, Louise Ellis, Letitia Weatherhead
40+ Women Cruisers: Melisa Graham, Irene Markee, Annie Randell, Letitia Weatherhead
45+ Men’s Cruiser: Mark Bracken, Wayne Daniel, Matthew French, Scott Murray, Graham Rogers
Junior Masters Games competitors:
Mini Wheelers: Charlie Ellis, Isabella Emmerton, Wynter Jenkins, Jack Lee, Nate Southwell
Sprocket Girls: Tahlia Broomhall, Evie Franks, Ebony French, Alyssa Groenewege, Georgia Lee
6yr Sprockets: Lucas Crisp, Troy Gibney, Obie Groenewege, Kane Heazlewood, Wilfred McKibben, Lui Southwell, Ace Woolley
7yr Sprockets: Cameron Burgess, Kaster Gibney, Mitchell Holness
8yr Challenge: Hayley Emmerton, Noah Franks, Cruz Horton, Kasey Kirkland, Byron Lee, Aiden Thornton
11yr Challenge: Lachie Burgess, Alex Eaves, Jacob French, Sacha Groenewege
15yr Boys: William Eaves, Clay Ellis, Cody Franks