There is always someone you can talk to.
COVER PIC: BMXA Chair – Darren Alomes. (pic courtesy of Get Snapt)
This past weekend we held a very successful Stage 2 of our BMXA National Series at Westside BMX Club in WA.
Many of us unfortunately witnessed a critical incident involving NT Rider Caitlin Jong and now all of our thoughts are with Caitlin and her family at this time. We ask that you all respect Caitlin’s family’s request for privacy and will update our community on her recovery as information comes to hand.
The almost instantaneous response from Ethan and his 1300 Medic team was outstanding, coupled with BMXA Official’s assisting the team by seamlessly providing screening for the incident, muscle for lifting etc was impressive.
For myself, being part of that response were probably the most intense and surreal moments I have had in the sport of BMX.
It was truly humbling to witness the #BMXAFamily rally around and offer assistance to the family – on the track you are competitors, however it is truly evident in this sport of ours that sense of family and mateship prevails.
For that, on behalf of myself and the BMXA board and executive, I say a heartfelt thank you.
On reflection since this incident, I would encourage that all members who witnessed the incident or even discussed it with family and friends, take the time to ask themselves and those around them – Are you OK?
If help is needed or even if you need to discuss your feelings, help is available via the BMXA office or services like Lifeline (131114) or KidsHelpLine (1800 55 1800)
Darren Alomes – Chair BMX Australia