Meet BMXA’s newly appointed National Events Manager.
We are excited to announce and welcome Andrew Matthews as BMXA’s new National Events Manager.
Matthews replaces Emily MacIver who left the role in September after several years in the role.
Key among his new responsibilities with BMXA will be the management of the national series and national championships, ensuring they run as smoothly possible.
Born and bred in Sydney, Matthews has worked in the athletics industry for 15 years, working as the competition manager for Athletics NSW and Athletics Australia before working as the Head of Athletics at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“I did athletics, soccer and cricket when I was younger and I wanted to give back to the sports that have practically brought me up,” Matthews said.
“With that aligning career, my roles in athletics were very challenging, but I thoroughly enjoyed it too.”
While he has only been in the office for two weeks, Andrew had the opportunity to see the final stage of the 2019 BMXA BAD BOY National Series at the Canberra BMX Club and he was blown away by what he saw.
“My first experience was really positive,” Matthews continued.
“It’s a sport that I haven’t had much exposure too, but one that I noticed straight away is very family orientated and really interesting.
“There are lots of synergies from what I’ve come from in athletics and even though the field of play is different, there are some similarities and challenges that both sport faces, and I’m really looking forward to getting to know the sport and its members more.”
Next year is a big one in terms of events.
The first four rounds of the 2020 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup are taking place in Australia as well as BMXA’s national series and national championships.
Houston, USA will host the 2020 world championships and of course, the Tokyo Olympic Games to top it all off.
Even though it’s a big year, Andrew is eager for the challenge with goals already getting ticked off.
“My first task is understanding what the sport is and how it is delivered and how I can play a role in taking what I’ve learnt in other sports and using it to capture a new type of lens in the future.
“From what I have seen in the first two weeks, it is a well delivered sport and hopefully I can provide some expertise from other sports within reason and look to help continue growing and making the sport relevant and interesting. A challenge that every sport has.”
Good luck Andrew!