BMX star ready to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia

Young prodigy tours globe

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - Rick Koenig rick.koenig@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

A Six-year-old prodigy who is tak­ing the BMX world by storm has been in­vited to ride over­seas at the BMX World Cham­pi­onships in Azer­bai­jan.

Tweed’s Rusty Kil­lick has been rid­ing with­out train­ing wheels since the age of two and by the age of three had al­ready raced at his lo­cal track in Nerang.

Fol­low­ing an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance at the Aus­tralian Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Perth, the young dare­devil was scouted by BMX Aus­tralia who has in­vited him to as one of three young Aus­tralians to com­pete over­seas.

Rusty’s mum Emma said her son was “ec­static” and had worked in­cred­i­bly hard to get to where he is with the as­pi­ra­tion of trav­el­ling across the world.

“He’s been work­ing to­wards it for a cou­ple years, once he started to re­alise there were pro­fes­sion­als and that he could go over­seas to race he’s re­ally worked hard,” she said.

“He’s as­pired to make it to that level and to reach that at a re­ally young age is re­ally cool, be­cause he’s so young we feel this is just the be­gin­ning and at his age it’s all about the ad­ven­ture and fun we have as a fam­ily.

“We’re not tak­ing it too se­ri­ously, he knows very well if he doesn’t win it doesn’t mat­ter, as long as he tries, which is a big hur­dle kids have to get over, it’s OK if you don’t win.”

But get­ting Rusty to com­pete in the World Cham­pi­onships won’t be easy.

The fam­ily were only given eight weeks no­tice to plan for the trip to Azer­bai­jan, which is lo­cated at the cross­roads be­tween Eu­rope and Asia, and are al­ready feel­ing the pinch af­ter their trip to Perth for the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships last month.

“A lot of peo­ple aren’t aware that BMX Aus­tralia doesn’t fund these trips, you ei­ther need spon­sor­ship or have to pay your­selves,” Ms Kil­lick said.

To help Rusty and his par­ents get to the BMX World Cham­pi­onships, a Gofundme has been cre­ated by Rusty’s aunt and un­cle with the goal of rais­ing $5000 to get there.

The goal has al­ready reached $3490 and his par­ents are hop­ing they can get the fund­ing over the line be­fore they have to jet off on June 1.

In the mean­time, Rusty has been try­ing to make as much money as he can by do­ing ex­tra chores for his par­ents and neigh­bours.

He even turned down a trip to Time­zone in ex­change for $5 af­ter he helped a neigh­bour move some rocks.

PHOTO: SCOTT DAVIS

YOUNG GUN: Rusty Kil­lick rides around Cabarita skate park.

PHOTO: SCOTT POWICK

Young Rusty Kil­lick has been se­lected to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in the BMX cham­pi­onships in Baku, Azer­bai­jan.

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