Rid­ing high

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

FIVE South­side BMX riders re­turned to WA with na­tional plates af­ter suc­ceed­ing at the Aus­tralian Cham­pi­onships in Bathurst ear­lier this month.

FIVE South­side BMX riders have re­turned to WA with na­tional plates af­ter a strong show­ing from the club at the Aus­tralian Cham­pi­onships in Bathurst ear­lier this month.

Jor­dan Cal­lum led the way with a first place fin­ish in the 1112 cruis­ers and sixth over­all in his age group.

Matthew Tongue was equally im­pres­sive, fin­ish­ing sec­ond over­all in the 25-29 men’s cat­e­gory.

Jay­den Keogh (fifth in 13 boys), Ke­sia Sav­ill (sixth in 17-24 women) and Bianca Camp­bell (eighth in 15 girls) were the other plate win­ners.

South­side BMX Club had 16 riders rac­ing over the three days of com­pe­ti­tion, which in­cluded more than 3000 en­tries from across the coun­try.

South­side train­ing co-or­di­na­tor San­dra Win­field said the new $1.5 mil­lion track was un­usu­ally tech­ni­cal and chal­leng­ing.

“Riders found the track pro­vided a new chal­lenge which set the bar high in or­der to win a na­tional plate,” she said.

“There were a lot of ac­ci­dents, more so than other BMX events, and sev­eral of our riders were in­jured while par­tic­i­pat­ing.”

The Aus­tralian Cham­pi­onships act as a qual­i­fy­ing event for the BMX World Cham­pi­onships in Colom­bia in July, as well as the Rio Olympics in Au­gust.

South­side BMX Club will hold a free come and try day at its Bull Creek track on Satur­day, April 9, from 10am to noon.

Ages from two and up are wel­come.

Any­one who is in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing the free event can call 0460 795 551 or email sav­ill@big­pond.com.

Riders Kate Tay­lor, Is­abella Ier­ace, Jett Smith, Jay­den Keogh, Jor­dan Cal­lum, Jus­tine Short, Ke­sia Sav­ill and Cameron Ainger.

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