After hosting the final round of the 2018 BMXA BAD BOY National Series, Tasmania played host to another exciting event. The Southern City BMX Club offered its track for the future women of BMX… and they loved every minute of it!
COVER PIC: Rebekkah Chiam doing what she does best! (Pic courtesy of Southern City Photography)
If you were at the Launceston BMX club on October 20, you might have noticed the flyers advertising a girl’s only Ride In2BMX event on the following day at the Southern City BMX Club. The girl’s only event brought a handful of new riders to the club, and some even signed up on the spot.
Ride In2BMX is BMX Australia’s introductory program to the sport. It’s a fun and engaging way for those that want to try BMX for the first time to do so during a fun and encouraging session at their local track.
The point of difference for Southern City was to create an encouraging environment for local girls, and as a follow up they even held a girl’s coaching clinic on the same day!
Spearheading both events was Northern Territory’s Rebekkah Chiam, BMXA’s 2018 Coach of the Year, who is a huge advocate for improving the ability and the passion of female BMX in Australia.
Southern City’s club secretary Bronwyn Beames thought both events were a resounding success, with particular focus on the Ride In2BMX as riders young and old tried BMX for the first time.
“Although participation numbers weren’t high, we got our first ever on-the-day sign ups. We had nine participants on the track with three on the spot registering and four very interested who we hope to see again soon,” Beames said.
“The day was a great success!”
“The coaching clinic was also fantastic,” Beames said.
“We had 13 girl’s participating at the event and it was so great to have Rebekkah from the Northern Territory help run it.”
It takes a special person to run a coaching clinic and Chiam, who made the trip down to the Apple Isle specifically for the session, was the perfect person for the job.
Singing Chiam’s praises was Heather Van Anholt, who knew the BMX coach from her own time in the Northern Territory six years ago.
“I’ve known Rebekkah since we started BMX in 2012 and she is amazing. She is a level three coach and still gives her time to be sprocket coach up in the NT,” Van Anholt said.
“I made a phone call to her and she was very excited about the opportunity to coach down here. The atmosphere throughout the day was very special and we were very lucky to have Rebekkah coach our riders.”
Capturing the day was the Southern City Photographer, Allison Ralph who not only uploaded all the action, but was a major force in organising the events. Nice one Allison!
Take a look at her posts below and don’t forget to the Southern City Photography Facebook page a like!
If you want to kickstart your club’s membership numbers for 2019, don’t hesitate to get in contact with firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to assist in organising the event with you – More details can be found HERE.