Restrictions are slowly being lifted across the country and with more clubs likely to open in the near future, we asked some of the clubs that have re-opened what BMX is like post isolation.
Slowly but steadily, riders across the nation are dusting off their gear and bikes, heading down to their local track and going for a ride, something we have all sorely missed!
However, BMX for the mean time is a little different due to the variety of restrictions in place so we got in touch with a couple of clubs who are back to hear how they have transitioned into BMX post lockdown.
Big Rivers BMX club, located in Katherine, Northern Territory, started back on May 19 and have had a lot of eager current members and new riders.
Chantelle Lange-Mathies, the club’s treasurer, said the return back to BMX has been exciting with lots of positive feedback.
“We have a lot of new interest and as our riders last raced at our track in late October 2019, our kids (and big kids) have been very eager to get back to the limited training we can provide at the moment due to track works,” Lange-Mathies said.
“We have introduced strict hand washing and sanitisation across the board and our coaches have been making sure our riders are 1.5m from each other. In spite of these changes, parents and riders have been patient and understanding, which has made the transition much easier!”
Club president Sue Sinclair believes Big Rivers has a bright future after club coach Nicky Thomson was recently appointed BMXNT state coach and a new Sic Surface to be applied to the track in the near future.
Sinclair had some recommendations for clubs who are slowly coming out of isolation.
“Be ready to start up and get going before other sports, kids are active and are wanting to be involved in something so BMX can supply it!” Sinclair said.
Over 2,500km south of Big Rivers BMX club, Gawler in the north of Adelaide also opened their track on May 19 and have also had fantastic feedback.
Gawler chairperson Kim Lipman said the protocols that have been put in place are rigid, but the community feedback has been really positive.
“A lot of time and effort went into planning the return as we wanted to make sure whatever we did for smaller groups could work for larger groups, thus avoiding making too many changes later,” Lipman said.
“We have been conducting gate sessions twice a week in small groups and even though people were a little cautious at first, it seems most people are enjoying being able to socialise again (at a distance of course)!”
The guidelines that have been implemented in South Australia has meant clubs in the state have introduced strict protocols.
“It is intimidating when you look at the guidelines and wonder how you could possibly implement this. However, it’s a chance to implement changes that you have put off for a while such as an online booking system for coaching and gate sessions,” Lipman said.
“Our biggest tip for other clubs coming back is keep your members informed, they will understand how challenging this whole situation is. “
Gawler’s future is looking bright with the club recently finishing a new Mini Wheeler start ramp and lots of grant projects are in the works. On top of this, the club is receiving many new member inquiries and is keen to build up numbers once restrictions are eased.
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