The final round of the national series may have happened over the weekend. But that wasn’t the only BMX action going down.
Across the Tasman, the Mighty 11’s Australian team competed at the New Zealand North Island Titles that was held at the Mountain Raiders BMX Club.
The Junior Trans-Tasman Test Series has showcased emerging stars of the sport for many years as 11-year old riders from around the neighbouring countries come together to battle in a special points-based competition.
Representing Australia in the girl’s competition was:
In the boy’s:
Coming together in September, the team had a training camp in Sydney before heading over to NZ for a week of preparation for racing. The week included daily training sessions as well as team building activities which included the luge in Rotorua, thermal springs, an escape room, bowling and horse riding.
The preparation paid off, with a strong start from the Aussie girl’s on Saturday seeing them pull ahead after three motos, with the boy’s trailing slightly.
The final two motos on Sunday were anyone’s game as the teams faced off for their final throw’s of the dice. The girl’s pulled out two flawless races to come away with a very convincing win.
The boys had a fantastic opening moto on day 2 with Fletcher Klepiak speeding through his lap. But things don’t always go to plan in BMX and the NZ boys took home the win in the final moto.
Racing aside, this was a remarkable experience for the nine young Aussie riders. Learning new skills, making new friends and gaining memories that will last them a life time. Joining the riders were their parents and families, who were so very grateful to managers, Peter Jaehne and Julia Botfield as well as the coach, Kiel Dellow.
BMX NSW and BMX NZ should also be congratulated on supporting a fantastic event for BMX riders.
Names such as Sam Willoughby, Anthony Dean, Kai Sakakibara and Caroline Buchanan have competed in the Trans-Tasman Test Series, providing plenty of inspiration for this year’s team to chase their dreams.
To see the full results of the event – CLICK HERE
You should also take a look at the photos and videos as the Aussie team went about their exciting weekend. – HERE