Rid­ers claim plate rank­ings

Pilbara News - - Sport - Kate Tay­lor

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.

Pic­ture: Kar­ratha BMX Club

Jack­son Tatham, 14, and Rod Gethin with their plates.

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