BMX Australia would like to congratulate everyone that was involved with National Sign On Day (NSOD) 2017. The campaign highlighted the strength of the ever-growing BMX community across the nation as more riders got on the track for the first time.
BMX is one of Australia’s fastest growing sports, yet for many who ride a BMX – often the first type of bike any child owns – BMX racing is not always a logical progression. Over the years NSOD has been a fantastic entrée to BMX for many to try this thrilling sport, free of charge!
This year 77 clubs from across the country signed up to be a part of the initiative, all of them run by dedicated volunteers who take the time to help their club grow. Our volunteers are the backbone of this sport.
For this year’s campaign there were approximately 2375 attendees across Australia. Patrons who attended learnt about how to prepare and care for their bike, and participated in basic BMX technique activities. Each club put their own flavour on the day by incorporating games on track and information sessions.
The enthusiasm from the BMXA family was evident. NSOD 2017 even saw two of our 2016 Rio Olympians, Bodi Turner and Lauren Reynolds, get involved with promoting the campaign both via social media and at their own local clubs. Former Olympian and now BMX Development Academy coach, Luke Madill, also offered up an exclusive coaching clinic for one lucky BMXA member and their NSOD guest.
Other prizes included awesome clothing packages, two Redline bikes and $500 for one club in each state to spend on equipment and items for their Club. Eastern Goldfields BMX Club in Western Australia was lucky enough to win the club NSOD prize for WA. They used their grant to contribute to the purchase of a new deep fryer for their club canteen. No doubt it will help the club generate more revenue through their canteen!
While NSOD has been run each February, that doesn’t go to say that new members aren’t welcomed to get a taste of BMX any time of the year!
If you have a friend that wants to give it a try, take them to the track to get a taste of the action. Or you can always encourage your club to host a ‘Come and Try Day’, which can be held at any time of the year.
Who knows, it could lead all the way to the world championships!