Rid­ers bound for East­ern States for na­tional comp

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

Sev­eral Kar­ratha BMX rid­ers will head east at the end of the month to com­pete in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, with some also cho­sen for State squads.

Wil­liam Gethin, 15, Cal­lum Kirk­wood, 16, Ry­ley Hinch­cliffe, 15, Ja­son Tatham, 13, Sophie Tay­lor, 10, Josh Swiatek, 10, and Rod Gethin will all rep­re­sent the State in com­ing weeks.

Cal­lum and Sophie have been cho­sen to rep­re­sent WA, Cal­lum in the State squad ath­lete de­vel­op­ment pro­gram and Sophie in the WA Dy­na­mite team at the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Bathurst.

Sophie said she loved the op­por­tu­nity to race against both boys and girls.

“This is my first trip to na­tion­als, but I have done State’s a few times,” she said.

“I think it is pretty cool that I get to race both classes.” Josh said he was ex­cited about the chal­lenge of com­pet­ing at na­tion­als.

“I’ve been train­ing up for the past two years so com­ing up to na­tion­als, I’m go­ing to try to beat them all,” he said.

“I started rid­ing a bike when I was three and just liked it so I came to the track for a come and try day and this is my fifth year now.”

Rod Gethin is a more ex­pe­ri­enced cam­paigner, hav­ing com­peted in a few State and na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

“It’s a lot of fun and a good ex­pe­ri­ence to go to na­tion­als be­cause that’s where the best turn up,” he said.

“It’s not in our sea­son at the mo­ment so the guys have been train­ing out of sea­son, which is a lot harder to do be­cause it’s so hot up here.”

The club will host a have a try day on Fe­bru­ary 27 at the Rose­mary Road track.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Ry­ley Hinch­cliffe, 15, Sophie Tay­lor, 10, Josh Swiatek, 10, Wil­liam Gethin, 15, Rod Gethin, Jack­son Tatham, 13 and Cal­lum Kirk­wood, 16.

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