The sport of BMX is flush with events that riders want to win, plates they want to attain and titles they want to retain. While a world plate or national title might be the holy grail for many, claiming top spot on home turf in your own state isn’t too far behind, and September signals the start of a state championships frenzy!
BMX Queensland will get things underway from September 18, when Townsville BMX Club hosts a jam packed seven-day festival of BMX, with racing to begin on September 21. There’s always a high expectation that Queensland riders will provide an impressive exhibition for spectators, and there’s no doubt that this year’s riders from the sunshine state will again deliver on that promise.
With anticipation of an elite calibre event, expect to see not only great racing but also fantastic participation numbers across the board. One rider in particular to watch out for will be Des’ree Barnes, who dominated last year’s event at Sleemans Sports Complex in Brisbane, securing the title in both the 14 girl’s and AA women’s titles– a remarkable feat for the rider from Beenleigh BMX Club.
September 30 to October 1 will see Macarthur BMX Club hold the 2017 NSW State Championships. With over 800 riders at last year’s event, the state will be looking see participation numbers rise once again in 2017. The club also have big shoes to fill after Penrith BMX Club’s efforts last year. BMXA President Neil Cameron said of last year’s NSW state titles that it was “the best organised state BMX event he had attended.”
Northern Territory riders will be in for a treat this year from October 6-7, when they travel to the mighty Spanlift Stadium at Satellite City BMX Club for their state championships. BMX in the NT has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years thanks to dedicated volunteers. Keep an eye on this space, as the riding heats up in the chase for plates in the red centre.
BMX Western Australia have had plenty to cheer about in recent weeks, with the naming of Bunbury BMX Club as the host for the 2018 BMX Australia National Championships. While the team are flat chat preparing for Aussies, they will also have a strong focus for what is shaping up to be an exciting event at Southside BMX Club from October 6-7.
It’s recommended that all Aussie riders keep an eye on the results here and use it as a form guide, as there is no doubt that WA’s finest now have their eyes set on winning a national title in their home state next March.
In South Australia, Happy Valley BMX Club will hold the state championships from October 27. The club recently helped coordinate and run the extremely successful ‘Sam “I AM” Willoughby Fundraiser’. The inspirational initiative was created this year by BMXSA to help raise funds to support Willoughby’s ongoing rehabilitation and medical costs.
The BMX Tasmania Pre-Titles will be held on October 29 at Launceston BMX Club. Many of the states elder riders will be coming hot off the back of competing at the 16thAustralian Masters Games that are being held from October 27-28 at Wynyard Park BMX Club.
It looks like it sure is going to be a hectic weekend of racing in Tassie. Master riders can even still register to compete at the Australian Masters Games by visiting their website, get in quick before nominations close on October 22.
Victorian riders will travel west to Wyndham Warriors BMX Club for the 2017 VIC State Championships, to be held from November 17-19. The club has been gearing up to host the event all year, certainly going the extra mile with track and facility upgrades to ensure it will be a weekend that all riders will remember.
Of course, we can’t forget our friends in the Australian Capital Territory who added a bit of spice to the BMXA calendar by hosting their state championships back in March this year. The event held at Tuggeranong BMX Club from March 18-19 showcased some magnificent racing across all age groups. A highlight for spectators included intense battles in the super class events from Leanna Curtis Vs. Saya Sakakibara and Andy Hughes Vs. Kai Sakakibara.
For more information on the 2017 Australian BMX State Championships, follow the links below: