Re­spected cou­ple hon­oured on fun night

Pilbara News - - Sport - Sophia Con­stan­tine

A fundraiser at Hed­land BMX Club has raised more than $2700 to help two Pil­bara teenagers who re­cently lost their par­ents in a tragic road in­ci­dent.

More than 50 rid­ers en­joyed a night of rid­ing and games on July 7 in hon­our of the lives of Tom Price cou­ple Mark and Lara (Larissa) Daw­son, who were a key part of the BMX com­mu­nity.

Rider Jas­min Kil­marten, who com­peted against Larissa for more than five years in the BMX North West Su­per Se­ries, de­scribed the mother of two as a “truly amaz­ing per­son” on and off the track.

“I have been com­pet­ing against Larissa for over five years in the BMX North West Su­per Se­ries and it has been so amaz­ing,” she said.

“She is such a great com­peti­tor and sportswoman.

“It has been scary at times when we push each other up a berm or across the track while our el­bows are touch­ing, but they are the best mo­ments.

“The ag­gres­sive­ness, de­ter­mi­na­tion and fight­ing for the win. That girl has the balls of a thou­sand men and a heart of gold. I hope oth­ers strive to be as kind, pow­er­ful, skil­ful and as tough as Larissa.”

Hed­land BMX regis­trar Sa­man­tha Vadala thanked all trav­el­ling rid­ers and Pil­bara Tow­ing for a gen­er­ous cash do­na­tion.

The club is gear­ing up for round 3 of the North West Su­per Se­ries this Satur­day, which starts at 2pm.

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