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Party hard, eat too much, spend too much and get yourselves sun kissed (a little) – but come back and show us the new bits and pieces in 2018 and let’s have another amazing year of BMX right across the country.

Merry Christmas. Not happy holidays or whatever the other politically correct terms are – Merry Christmas.

It’s been a pretty big year around BMX Australia, we’ve had great events, great racing, great people and the pace just hasn’t slackened. I have personally met a very large number of people over the year and had some very interesting conversations.

It’s been good to hear the issues of the people from the people themselves.

Our hardworking office staff, officials, administrators and volunteers have put in an amazing year’s work and deserve a bit of time off over the Christmas break.

Personally I’m not sure of the office closure times (I should know that stuff but that’s what I have the fabulous Martin Shaw CEO for). But it will be online and believe me those people need a break.

We are all looking forward to some time off with family and friends, and waiting for Santa to drop his bundle at our house – bringing all those new helmets, clothes, bikes and bike bits that every BMXer dreams about. Early New Year is a nightmare for commentators as all the kids get new clothes and no one can tell who is who.

Christmas is a time of joy and happiness for most of us, and the board of BMX Australia wish you one and all a merry and festive end of year, but sadly I’m constantly reminded that Christmas does not always live up to it’s marketing hype for some of those near and dear to us.

From my father-in-law who is doing poorly in hospital, through to the tragic death of one of our BMX family from the Coffs Harbour Club in NSW (to whom our heart goes out), to all those whom we know (or don’t) who are doing it tough right now, we should keep in mind that this festive season will not be quite so festive for all.

So I urge you to say a kind word, think a kind thought and do a caring deed for someone this Christmas season. Let the amazing goodwill and open hearts of the BMX family spread a little sunshine across the rest of our community – and show that we can lead not only in sport, but in kindness as well.

In the immortal words of Sergeant Phil Esterhaus from Hill Street Blues (for those of you old enough to know what I’m talking about) “lets be careful out there”.

Party hard, eat too much, spend too much and get yourselves sun kissed (a little) – but come back and show us the new bits and pieces in 2018 and let’s have another amazing year of BMX right across the country.

Drive carefully … see you in 2018.

Ciao,

N