The Australian BMX Hall of Fame has announced the five worthy nominees for the 2019 Sam Willoughby Medal, named in honour of Australia’s only BMX Olympic medallist.
The nominees for the 2019 Sam Willoughby Medal have been decided by a panel consisting of Luke Madill (National Coaching Manager – BMX Australia), Wade Bootes (Technical Director – BMX, Australian Cycling Team) and Sam Willoughby.
The award is aimed at recognising and rewarding current Australian riders, regardless of age, gender or competition class, and in its inaugural year in 2018 was won by multiple world and national champion Thomas Tucker.
The 2019 winner will be announced at the second annual Australian BMX Hall of Fame gala dinner on the Gold Coast on August 10, where Willoughby will be on hand to present the medal.
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To see who is in line to win the medal this year, watch the video below.
In no particular order, here’s a look at some of the achievements of the five finalists during the nomination period.
Jordon Callum – Rockingham BMX Club (15yrs boy’s)
Callum won the world title for his age in the 20in just days after winning the W2 plate in the 13-14yrs boy’s cruiser event. He continued his stellar form at the 2019 BMXA BAD BOY National Championships by winning both the cruiser and 20in titles for his age.
Kira Hill – Nerang BMX Club (15yrs girl’s)
Hill won the world title in 2018 before claiming a fourth straight Australian title in her age at the 2019 nationals.
Portia Eden – Cairns BMX Club (12yrs girl’s)
Eden took out the world title in her age in Baku last year and this season picked up the national cruiser title, before finishing second in the 20in event.
Fraser Vaughan – Pine Rivers BMX Club (10yrs boy’s)
Vaughan won the 9yrs event at the worlds and has carried that form over into 2019 by collecting two 1A plates at the nationals – 20in and cruiser.
Saya Sakakibara – Southlake/Illawarra BMX Club (elite women)
Saya was a finalist in the elite women’s event at the 2018 world championships, before ending the year as the runner-up in the UCI Supercross World Cup standings following a breakthrough world cup win in the final event of the season at Santiago del Estero in Argentina.