Riders claim plate rankings
Seven Karratha BMX Club riders headed east to compete in the Australian National BMX Titles in Bathurst, with two riders returning home with Australian Plate rankings this month.
Most riders started the event competing in a pre-national competition to familiarise themselves with the track, practise their skills, build confidence and meet fellow competitors.
Competitive racing began on March 3 and continued over four days, where Karratha riders mixed it with the best in the country.
Youngest competitors Sophie Taylor and Joshua Swiatek, both 11, achieved personal bests to qualify for the semi-finals.
Sophie finished 15th and Joshua 12th in a field of 75 riders.
Sophie was selected to complete in the WA Dynamite team and placed sixth in the final.
The older boys raced hard and fast in extremely competitive fields.
Jackson Tatham, 14, was unlucky with his challenging moto draw and did not progress but had greater success in the 24-inch cruiser class, progressing through to the final and being rewarded with a 4A Australian Plate ranking.
A strong contender to plate, Ryley Hinchcliffe, 15, progressed easily to the quarterfinals before crashing out.
Collisions and crashes were an all too common, with the first aid team working overtime and the Bathurst hospital reportedly running out of plaster.
Representing Karratha in the 16 boys group was Callum Kirkwood and Will Gethin. In another competitive field, Will competed well but did not progress to the motos.
State development squad member Callum made the semifinals, finishing 14th overall in a field of 56 riders.
Awesome results were also achieved by the most senior member of the Karratha team.
Rod Gethin, competing in the 50plus men’s division, came away with an Australian Plate ranking of 2A in the 20-inch class and 5A in the 24-inch class.
Jackson Tatham, 14, and Rod Gethin with their plates.