Pending the all clear from fractured cartilage and torn ligaments – Felicia Thomas is ready to go for round six of the 2018 BMXA National Series.
COVER PIC: Felicia Thomas at Frankston BMX Club for Round 2 of the 2018 BMXA National Series. (Pic Courtesy of ProLab Projects.)
BMX Australia plays home to some incredibly talented female riders. To mention a few, there’s dual Olympians Caroline Buchanan and Lauren Reynolds, world age group champions Harriet Burbidge-Smith and Saya Sakakibara, national title holder Erin Lockwood plus rising stars Sara Jones and Ashlee Miller.
One rider who is close to joining the ranks of those listed above is Tuggeranong’s Felicia Thomas. The 17-year-old Canberra rider has been an exciting up-and-coming athlete to watch as she continues to produce strong results.
A particular result she is proud of is when she became part of the 2015 BMX Australia Academy which she backed up in 2016.
Yet her 2018 season has had its ups and downs, including an injury which is causing some doubt heading into the sixth round of the 2018 National Series at her home club this weekend.
While in the warm-up stage at Nerang for round four of the series, Thomas came down and ended up fracturing cartilage and tearing ligaments in her ankle which has ruled her out for two months.
“My recovery has been going great and running smoothly,” Thomas explained.
“I’m feeling really good since it’s at my home ground and the track is in top condition. It will be an awesome event.”
The most exciting factor for Thomas is the sheer number of riders that are coming down to her home club.
“It’s super exciting for all of Canberra. We have never had such a big event here with over 470 riders competing,” Thomas said.
“The community has been great, coming together and looking forward to putting on a show.”
Thomas has managed to compete at two of the five national series rounds so far this year – round one at Penrith and round two at Frankston. From what Thomas has seen, the series has been incredible.
“The events this year have been amazing. The athletes competing are at the top of their level and no one can compete with the BMX action in Australia this year. Riders are showing up and a new range of riders are competing, it’s very exciting,” Thomas said.
Yet as we draw closer to the event this weekend, the uncertainty in her ankle is causing some late angst, but Thomas is certain she will be okay when the day comes.
“I should be okay, I’m really excited about taking on my fellow ACT riders including Mikayla Rose and Harriet Burbidge-Smith,” Thomas said.
The talent of female Aussie riders is a great quality of BMX for Thomas and the fact that she can see them at multiple events in the year is a special thing.
“It really is a great group of girls to be around and there is nothing better than seeing your friends doing well.”
“Doing the national series has been the best part of the year and getting to travel around and see how well the competitors are doing makes it all the more sweeter.”
The immediate future for Thomas is a simple one, making sure she is all cleared for racing.
Thomas is eager to get through the national series with some good results and use her experience to push on to bigger and better things.
Action will commence from 1pm AEST on Saturday September 15 and will follow into Sunday with warmup’s from 8:30am before action-packed racing is on display with gates dropping for the third motos at 10:15am, qualifiers at 11:15am and finals at 12pm.
Event details can be found HERE.