Club on track for Na­tional Cham­pi­onships

South Western Times - - Sport -

BUN­BURY’S BMX track was the ob­vi­ous choice to host next year’s Na­tional Cham­pi­onships, ac­cord­ing to BMX Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Martin Shaw.

Shaw vis­ited the track on Tues­day along with Bun­bury Mayor Gary Bren­nan and club pres­i­dent Li­eth Spence.

The last time the cham­pi­onships were in WA was in 2009 and it will be the first time it is held in Bun­bury.

Shaw said it was fan­tas­tic to have Bun­bury dual Olympian Lau­ren Reynolds as the face of the event.

“It is great to bring our showpiece to her home town,” he said.

“She is very ex­cited that it is com­ing to her home track.”

Shaw said Bun­bury had a strong club.

He said the track was ideal for the cham­pi­onships and they would work with the club to make sure spec­ta­tors were well ac­com­mo­dated.

“We have some work to do in terms of max­imis­ing the ca­pac­ity for spec­ta­tors to be here,” he said.

“There are fan­tas­tic fa­cil­i­ties around here.”

Mr Bren­nan said events such as this helped Bun­bury’s econ­omy.

“Imag­ine the eco­nomic ben­e­fit of hav­ing a na­tional event in Bun­bury, where busi­nesses nearby will all ben­e­fit,” he said.

Spence said the club’s mem­bers were ex­cited about the event.

“The WA rid­ers in gen­eral are ex­cited, a lot of them have never had the op­por­tu­nity of a na­tion­als in their home State,” he said. “For the most part the track is good.”

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Bun­bury Mayor Gary Bren­nan, BMX Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Martin Shaw and Bun­bury BMX Club pres­i­dent Li­eth Spence talk about next year’s BMX Na­tional Cham­pi­onships which will be held in Bun­bury.

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