“I had nothing to lose, and everything to gain – so I went for it.”
Imagine how you’d feel if you inspired someone to take up a sport just because YOU do it, because they look up to YOU and what YOU have achieved.
These are the exact feelings Harbour City’s Krystal Brezigar is experiencing because her 9-year old daughter is following in her footsteps.
Did you read the wrap of the 2019 BMX Queensland State Titles?
Well, one story that wasn’t included was about Brezigar, who took on riders half her age in the women’s superclass final and is continuing to aim for the top.
“I’ve been in the sport for about 25 years and I stopped riding about 11 years ago back in 2008.
“I was on the high performance back when it had just been created and I was training in Adelaide when I broke my collarbone and wrist, not too far away from the Olympics.”
After her accident, Brezigar stopped racing and had a couple of kids which slowed her progress back to the bike. But at the start of this year, a possibility presented itself.
“I had a major operation which brought me 100% back to my original state and soon after, I was riding in the Central Queensland championships in August and I came second in the superclass,” Brezigar said.
“I thought to myself, if I could place second after only being back on the bike for a week, I wonder how I would go in the state titles against some of the best riders in the country.
“I knew I had the talent, but not the fitness so I thought I had nothing to lose, and everything to gain.”
Brezigar began a seven-week training program alongside her full-time job, her mum duties and her studies to become a personal trainer.
The superclass competitor recorded two second places, a third and a fourth in her motos to find herself in fourth position going into the final.
“I was really nervous going into the state titles and I just gave it my all in the motos. I pushed myself really hard and because it was my first time back, I wasn’t sure how I’d go against the girls.
“I was so happy to place fourth into the final and I was really happy to come away in sixth overall,” Brezigar said.
The Queenslander knew that BMX was the sport for her when she first laid her eyes on her local track back in 1994 and she remembers it like it was yesterday.
“My dad used to do motocross riding and we could always hear the commentators on race day, so went and checked it out one day,” Brezigar explained.
“It was just something I knew straight away I really wanted to do and for my eighth birthday, he bought me a toy world BMX bike and six days after that, he bought me my BMX membership and I still have the receipt to this day!”
Her son Tyson began BMX as a mini wheeler when he was 2-years-old and is now completing his final year as a sprocket before joining his father, Phil, in the competitive classes.
But the real ‘cherry on the top’ of this story is about her daughter Scarlet-Rose, who has only just signed up to BMX since her mother returned to the bike.
“She started riding only a couple of months ago and her interest has really grown because she can see what mummy can do,” Brezigar said.
“Words can’t explain how great a feeling it was to see my daughter do it because ‘if mummy can do it, I can do it’.
“Normally when you think of BMX you kind of think it is a boys sport, but it’s not until you’re in the sport do you see that girls do it too.
“It’s nothing scary and you can go at your own pace. It’s a lot of fun and it isn’t just for young children or young people. Mums and dads can get out there as well and it just shows that no matter how old you are, you can do it.
“Getting into the sport and being a mother able to ride with your daughter is a pretty awesome feeling.”
Next on the dream list for Brezigar is the 2020 BMXA National Championships at Launceston, TAS – but we might be fortunate to see her in action at the national series rounds before then!
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