Peter Lyons has been a part of the BMXA community for close to 15 years and in that time he’s won state titles and grabbed national plates, but more recently, he’s been putting his body on the line in the fight against some of the worst bushfires in Australia’s history.
Lyons joined the BMX family in 2005 and quickly made a name for himself, nabbing two national plates, participating in the world championships in 2009 and becoming state champion in SA and NT. However, his biggest takeaway of the sport is the outstanding community.
“The friendships still last and when you need it, people are willing to help and provide information,” Lyons said.
While there were many favourite memories for Peter during his days as a rider, he is particularly fond of the family trips across the country.
“The drive to Nerang is 25 hours,” Lyons continued.
“I used to despise those trips back then, but on reflection I loved them and I will always be appreciative of the sacrifices my parents made.”
The Lyons family are a very tight knit group and Peter highlighted that it was his father David, who is also a volunteer fire fighter, that inspired him to take part in helping his community.
For the last year, Peter and David have attended fires across the state including the recent Cudlee Creek fires. But their tireless work as volunteers will not stop there as they head to Kangaroo Island in the coming days to tackle more wildfires.
To this day, Lyons is amazed by the universal and everlasting reach of the BMX community.
“During the Cudlee Creek fires, I was served breakfast by an old friend from the BMX community and it’s great to know that the BMX friend group is very much a real and everlasting thing,” he said.
In response to the disaster throughout the state, BMXSA is holding a fundraiser race meet on Sunday, January 19 at Happy Valley BMX Club, with all proceeds going towards the South Australian Country Fire Service and the families affected by the devastating fires.
BMXSA secretary Helen Empson has been a driving force behind the initiative, believing that there was potential to harness the family like community of BMX to help those in need.
“We just wanted to do something and its great to see so many wanting to help,” Empson said.
Take a look at the BMXSA social media post below;
BMXSA is holding a bushfire fundraiser race meet:
Sunday 19th January
Happy Valley BMX Club
Practice 10am to…
If you can’t make it and still want to help, you can donate to the South Australian Country Fire Service – HERE