The Tasmanian Government has confirmed funding for the 2020 BMXA National Championships that will take place at the Launceston BMX Club on March 23-28, 2020.

It will be the first time since 2002 that Australia’s premier annual domestic event has been held in Tasmania and the first time in 26 years that the nationals has taken place in Launceston.

This has become a reality thanks to a $250,000 deal with the Tasmanian government, which will assist in the operational costs of putting on Australia’s premier BMX event.

Included as part of the program will be the 2020 Oceania Continental Championships, which will feature the best riders from Australia and New Zealand.

The Minister for State Growth and Member for Bass, Michael Ferguson, who announced the funding at the Launceston track today, said he was thrilled with the opportunity and knows only too well what this event can bring to the community.

“We are delighted to have struck this deal with BMX Australia and this is a wonderful outcome for our state,” Ferguson said.

“I can not think of too many sports and activities that give young people healthy options in a new and exciting way. Not everybody is into ball sport and this is another example to keep kids fit and active.”

BMXA’s CEO Martin Shaw couldn’t agree more and encouraged the BMX community to experience the true wonders that Tasmania can deliver.

“It’s been over 20 years since we’ve had our national championships here and we are really excited to be bringing it back to such a beautiful state,” Shaw said.

“We hope that we can give the participants the opportunity to not only compete, but to also take in the wonderful tourism opportunities on offer.”

Voicing similar thoughts to Ferguson and Shaw was the president of the Launceston BMX Club Luke Heazlewood.

“It’s massive, not only for Launceston but for the whole of Tasmania, it’s going to be a great week!”

The legacy benefits for the Launceston BMX Club and BMX in Tasmania include upgraded facilities, membership growth and stronger government relations.