The 11-girl’s class will be one to watch as the 2018 BMXA National Series makes its mark at Cross Keys BMX Club in South Australia for round five.
The dynamic duo of the Healy twins might have something to do with it.
Imogen and Fenella Healy will be gunning for more top-end results as they prepare to embark on their third instalment of the 2018 national series season.
For Imogen, her year has been full of success already after snatching the Australian title at the 2018 nationals in Bunbury.
With the #1A fastened to her bars, Imogen is confidently eager to make it three from three for the series after standing tall on the podium of the 11-girls in rounds one and two.
“I’m feeling really good at the moment,” Imogen said.
“After winning at Penrith and Frankston, I can’t wait to give it my all in the motos and finals at Cross Keys which means I could take out the whole national series.”
Watch her winning run in the first round at Penrith BMX Club below.
For Fenella, her BMX experience is only a year old but that hasn’t held her back from giving it her all as she sits eighth on the overall national series ladder.
“I’ve only just started racing, but I love going to all the events and getting to see some of my friends I’ve made from following Imogen around,” Fenella explained.
The Tea Tree Gully BMX Club twins naturally have a very special relationship and their mutual affection for BMX has only made it stronger.
“We aren’t really a team, but we sort of have a competition which is always making us push each other further and faster, it’s a funny one,” Imogen said.
Sitting third in the standings, Imogen will be one to watch as she takes on Sydney BMX Club rival, Valencia Stevis.
Stevis (sitting on 567 points) will be the one to beat this weekend and to do so, Imogen (400 points) will need to win every single moto and final for a chance to make it a perfect 600 score in the series.
“Valencia and I have been racing for a long time now and it was the 2017 nationals which I think has made us rivals, she’s a good racer and I’m really excited for the round,” Imogen said.
Even for an 11-year-old, to have the year that Imogen has had is incredibly impressive and keeping a cool, calm and collected mindset will be pivotal to ensuring she does well in her home state.
“I just focus on myself and I don’t worry about who’s around me,” Imogen said. “I just give it my best.
“I think the main goal for every rider is to try and get to the first berm first. If you do that, it’s more likely that no one is going to get past you after the first straight.”
The Cross Keys BMX track will be familiar territory for the Healy twins, with most of their training and racing occurring there.
“I normally train on Monday’s and race on Wednesday’s there. I really like the track and especially since they have just redone the start hill and the first straight, it’s cool,” Imogen said.
To have both his daughters competing in the same sport is a very special feeling for their father Sean and he couldn’t be happier with the environment they’re in.
“It’s really great as a parent,” Sean said.
“Especially for the girls, it’s a good culture amongst BMX meeting kids in other clubs and states and it’s nice to see them happy and making friends.”
The Healy’s have played their National Series cards very well making the most of the events they’ve attended.
“This year has been a big year with the Mighty 11’s, so we had to be selective with what rounds we wanted to go to,” Sean continued.
“It’s been fantastic, the series has provided really competitive racing and for the riders it means that every race counts.”
For Sean, his enthusiasm for the sport hasn’t made him eager to jump on a bike, but focus on supporting his daughters who are complete thrill seekers.
“No, I don’t ride,” Sean laughed.
“But Imogen started when she was six with her friend, who got her into the sport.”
“Imogen has always been a thrill seeker and loved it. It took a while for Fenella who picked tennis but when she saw Imogen missing school and being with her friends she jumped on her bike. I think she finally understands why Imogen does it.”
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