It wasn’t just a race for the national titles that riders were chasing today, there was a seriously tantalising scholarship on offer thanks to Caroline Buchanan and Jayco Australia, these girls won the 2018 Buchanan Next Gen Scholarship
Nerang BMX Club’s Kira Hill (QLD) and Clarence Valley BMX Club’s Tahlia Marsh (NSW) have had their week at the BMX Australia National Championships sweetened as winners of $3000.00, courtesy of the Buchanan Next Gen Scholarship.
Buchanan Next Gen is an initiative launched by Olympian and multi-discipline cycling world champion Caroline Buchanan. First awarded in 2013, the scholarship was created to assist young women with an opportunity to pursue their careers as professional BMX riders.
The funding claimed today by Hill and Marsh is provided to assist the pair, and their families, with the costs associated with travelling to this year’s UCI BMX World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. Due to their results at today’s national titles, both will be offered positions on the Australian team for that event.
How about this little lady backing up her 2017 win with another 1st at Nationals and is the recipient of The Buchanan next Gen Jayco scholarship, congratulations Kira Hill! ⭐️
In the 14-girls event today it was a near-on flawless performance for Hill, who won all but one lap on the track. A first, second and first saw the Gold Coast rider transfer to the semi final stage, where she beat home Tehlia Jokic (Byford BMX Club, WA) and Zoe Johnston (Knox BMX Club, VIC) in what was a competitive field.
That result sent Hill into the final against a field of girls including Westside BMX Club’s Lilyanne Croft, who showed fine form last month by winning the opening round of the 2018 BMX Australia National Series in Penrith, NSW.
However Hill proved too good in today as she crossed first, leading home Jokic and Ashmore BMX Club’s Tayla Cloete.
In the 15-years event Marsh chipped away at her racing throughout the day, eventually finishing second overall to Cairns BMX Club rider Shannon Petre. However she won the Buchanan Next Gen scholarship courtesy of being the highest ranked rider who had applied for the financial assistance.
Two seconds and a first in her motos had Marsh ranked fourth ahead of the semis, where she finished third behind Petre and Jingili BMX Club’s Mickayla Perkins (NT).
With Petre looking strong, the 15-years-girls finals proved to be one that engaged the packed out crowd at the Bunbury BMX track. Castle Hill BMX Club’s Paige Harding was the leader through the first two turns, but a charging Petre raced up alongside her. Unfortunately contact was made between the two riders, causing Harding to fall.
Petre went on to win it, with Marsh not far behind in second, while Ipswich West Moreton BMX Club rider Chloe Jackson finished third.
Now with the backing of Buchanan Next Gen, who with Jayco Australia provides the scholarship, both Hill and Marsh will be able to take aim at a top result at the world championship event being held from June 5-9 in Baku.