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BMX Tasmania made significant progress in 2016, and it culminated in the state organisation hosting their largest state titles since the turn of the millennium. The Tasmania board saw their hard work pay off as…

BMX Tasmania made significant progress in 2016, and it culminated in the state organisation hosting their largest state titles since the turn of the millennium.

The Tasmania board saw their hard work pay off as 154 riders registered to take part, a return to the sort of numbers last enjoyed throughout the 1990’s for the state. For many it is the hope that it is the beginning of a stronger future for their annual championships.

For the first time there was a retro class and pro male and female classes with a prize pool of $4000.00 up for grabs. The recent purchase of transponders also ensured that the state had their own transponder run event.

It was great to see two gates of 7-year-old sprockets and 10-year-old old boys along with 11 riders in the pro men’s division. Excitingly it was also the first time the state has been able to run a block format due to the increase in participants.

Come the conclusion of the event, there were a number of riders who remained undefeated in their classes, including: Zane Van Anholtz in the 11-13-years Cruisers, Reece Ellis in 30-34-years Cruisers, Sienna Larter in 8-years girls, Zeth Griffith in 9-years Boys, Lachlan Kubsch in 12-years boys, and Adam Ralph 25-29-years men.

There was also a commendable effort from young Riley Kemp in the 10-years boy’s event as he went undefeated through the heats, but finished third in the deadman final. Beating Kemp to the title was new rider Cohan Smith.

Another highlight from the event was some great sportsmanship and friendships blossoming among junior riders, especially in the 9-10-year-old girl’s class.

Leading the charge in that class was Sacha Groenewege who claimed two early moto wins, and looked on track to repeat her powerful pre-titles performance. However a plucky Shelby Steward dashed those hopes to win motos three and four.

The left the title decider up to the last moto, and Steward lined up with rising confidence against the number one competitor in the state for that age group. Inevitably it was Steward’s confidence that won it, but in a fine act of sportsmanship the up-and-comer shook hands with all competitors, and reserved a warm hug for good friend Groenewege.

In the mini-wheelers young gun Wynter Jenkins proved too good to beat among some fierce battles with his peers, much to the delight of the crowd.

Overall each and every race at the state titles provided a fantastic spectacle. No doubt 2016 will be the beginning of great things for the state of Tasmania. In 2017 it is hoped that more riders from the mainland will make the journey for the next instalment of the BMX Tasmania State Titles from November 10-11.