Tak­ing on Tas­ma­nia

Fa­ther and son bring home plates from 2017 BMX cham­pi­onships

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - SPORT - Blake Antrobus blake.antrobus@fraser­coastchron­i­cle.com.au

BEN Cann feels a mas­sive thrill when he steps on his BMX bike.

The eight-year-old Mary­bor­ough rider’s love of the sport earned him a spot in the semi-fi­nals at the 2017 Tas­ma­nia Cham­pi­onships Un­der-8s event on Satur­day.

His dad Stu­art Odgers took out a 6T plate at the same event.

De­spite not tak­ing out a top spot, Ben is still happy to be com­pet­ing.

“I feel re­ally good know­ing I went there and tried my hard­est, and didn’t fall off,” Ben said.

“Rid­ing is great fun, you get more ex­er­cise.

“I’ll def­i­nitely keep rid­ing for next year.”

For Odgers, who has pre­vi­ously raced in Tas­ma­nia, the event rep­re­sents a re­turn to form for the for­mer rider.

“It’s the big­gest achieve­ment for me this year, to have this plate,” he said.

“I’m pretty im­pressed with my­self and thank­ful I didn’t fall off, it’s been a while since I rode on the track.”

After win­ning the plate, Odgers now plans to re­new his li­cence for an­other year.

Mary­bor­ough BMX Club reg­is­trar Karen Baker said it was a great achieve­ment for the pair.

“The club is very proud of them... hav­ing that high a level of rep­re­sen­ta­tion is a huge achieve­ment,” Baker said.

“Trav­el­ling to Tas­ma­nia is a long way to go for two Mary­bor­ough riders.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BMX CHAMPS: Stu­art Odgers and Ben Cann after their stint at the 2017 Tas­ma­nia Cham­pi­onships.

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