Over 180 years of combined officiating experience gathered for the course

The inaugural UCI Elite National Commissaire’s course to be held in Australia wrapped up in Brisbane today, with 15 candidates having converged on Queensland’s largest city to take part in the event.

Travelling from all over Australia – as well as one candidate coming from New Zealand – the diverse group came together for four days of intense theoretical training on UCI principles, processes, rules and regulations.

Impressively there was over 180 years of combined officiating experience across the attendees. All will receive a formally recognised UCI accreditation at the completion of their coursework.

The group was under the tutelage of presenter Loyal Ma of Canada, who has officiated for multiple cycling disciplines and has officiated at 27 world championship events across BMX and mountain biking.

After spending time with the energetic and committed group, Ma was full of praise and said that all were ready to take officiating in Australia and New Zealand to the next level.

“This group was well prepared for the course,” Ma said.

“The quality of material that has been prepared by BMXA is of a world standard. These officials seem to have been well trained domestically and will be great UCI ENC Commissaire’s.

“They will have no problems moving to the next level.”

While homework was distributed – and completed – throughout the course, all candidates will undergo practical examination during the 2018 BMX Australia National Series.

Once successfully completed they will receive their formal UCI accreditation.

The 2018 National Series encompasses seven rounds throughout Australia from February to October. The series commences on the weekend of February 17-18 at Penrith BMX Club, Sydney.