10-year-old Australian rider Cameron Gatt has been put on a shortlist of five young athletes who are now in the running to receive a major funding boost. He beat hundreds to be there, now he needs your support in the final public vote!
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Geelong BMX Club rider Cameron Gatt has his eyes on a new prize following the 2018 UCI BMX World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, with the 10-year-old one of five finalists in the running to win $20,000 courtesy of financial services organisation Colonial First State.
The Colonial First State ‘Sports Boost’ program was developed as a grassroots initiative to assist elite junior Australian sporting stars achieve their full potential. The program was first run in 2013 and has since given away more than $160,000 to Australian sporting talents.
Now with a chance to be the next recipient of this generous sporting boost, Gatt’s fortunes are in the hands of the Australian public, who will vote for the eventual winner.
If he were to win the final prize, Gatt would join an illustrious list of young athletes including 2016 Olympic swimming gold medallist Mack Horton and 2018 Commonwealth Games gymnastics bronze medallist Emily Whitehead.
This year alone there have been hundreds of entries spanning 80 sporting disciplines in all states and territories. With that in mind, making the final five is a significant achievement in itself.
On the BMX track Gatt is no stranger to success. Just this year Gatt stormed to first place in the fight for the 10-years-boy’s Australian title, thrilling the crowd in a battle with Bailey Mills from Bayside BMX Club. Just two days earlier Gatt had claimed the Oceania Continental title in that age group.
Gatt’s effort at the Bunbury BMX Club during nationals followed on from his win in round one of the 2018 BMXA National Series at the Penrith BMX Club. Less than a month after the Aussie titles Gatt was back on the top step of the podium, this time at round two of the National Series at Frankston BMX Club.
Come June the young Aussie charger was on the plane to Baku, where he was aiming to become world champion in his age group after placing third in the USA a year prior.
Unfortunately, a wayward semi-final put paid to his aspirations of claiming another world plate. Despite the setback in 20-inch racing, a fifth-place finish in the Cruiser racing was a strong consolation.
At the tender age of 10, Gatt has the BMX world at his feet and no doubt dreams of one day lighting up the elite ranks in BMX like Anthony Dean, Sam Willoughby or Luke Madill have done over the past decade.
To support a fellow BMX rider, vote for Cameron Gatt in the Colonial First State Sports Boost.
All those who take the time to vote will also go in the draw to win one of 10 FitBit Blaze watches.