Women’s di­vi­sion adds to mo­tocross at­trac­tion

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport - Tari Jef­fers

THERE will be more to see at the Man­jimup 15,000 this weekend with the in­tro­duc­tion of a ded­i­cated women’s di­vi­sion at the pop­u­lar mo­tocross event.

While women of all ages have com­peted in the event in pre­vi­ous years, they were in­cluded based on age in the ju­niors or se­niors di­vi­sion.

About 600 rid­ers are ex­pected to com­pete across all di­vi­sions in the Man­jimup 15,000 at the Cosy Creek Road mo­tocross track from Fri­day to Sun­day.

There will be 29 women rac­ing in the di­vi­sion this year, with their rac­ing day on Satur­day, along with the ju­niors.

It will be Man­jimup rider Char­lie Blee’s fifth year com­pet­ing in the Man­jimup 15,000.

“I think the ladies’ class is fi­nally giv­ing us a chance to show how many women love the sport and hope­fully get more girls into it,” she said.

Blee, who has been rid­ing mo­tocross “my whole life” felt she would have an ad­van­tage over vis­it­ing par­tic­i­pants be­cause it was her home track.

Man­jimup rider Amy Smeathers, 16, is a vet­eran rider but this will be her first time rac­ing in the Man­jimup 15,000.

“My whole fam­ily is in rac­ing, I’ve been do­ing it ever since I was young,” she said.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited about the women’s di­vi­sion, I can’t

wait to meet more ladies like me.”

Both rid­ers thanked Chelsea Blak­ers for her work in pro­mot­ing the women’s di­vi­sion and Shaun Driscoll for spon­sor­ing the en­tire di­vi­sion. Man­jimup’s ju­nior rid­ers are just as ex­cited for their turn on the track this Satur­day, in­clud­ing

Kai McGinty, 10, who is one point off third place at a State level.

New­com­ers to the ju­nior di­vi­sion in­clude Laila McGinty, 8, and Jensen Muir, 7.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited to be rac­ing, you get to race a lot of peo­ple and get to go su­per fast,” Jensen said.

Ju­nior di­vi­sion stal­wart Taj Love, 15, said he was keen for the thrill of the event.

The se­niors di­vi­sion will be held on Sun­day and com­peti­tors in­clude Man­jimup 15,000 2016 win­ner Todd Wa­ters, 2015 win­ner Kirk Gibbs and USA rider Deven Raper.

Pictures: Tari Jef­fers

Char­lie Blee, 19, and Amy Smeathers, 16, both of Man­jimup, will com­pete in the Man­jimup 15,000 in­au­gu­ral women's di­vi­sion this year.

Laila, 8, and Kai McGinty, 10, with Jensen Muir, 7, who are all look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing in the ju­nior di­vi­sion of the Man­jimup 15,000.

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