BMX rid­ers on show at Crankin for Can­cer Car­ni­val

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

MORE than 100 BMX rid­ers from through­out North Queens­land con­verged on the Proser­pine BMX track to com­pete in the an­nual Crankin for Can­cer Car­ni­val on the weekend.

The two day event in­vited rid­ers aged from five years and over to over 50 to hit the track and test their skills against some of the best BMX rid­ers in re­gion.

The in­au­gu­ral Crankin for Can­cer race was started two year ago by lo­cal BMX rider Tay­lor Kerr af­ter her grand­mother was di­ag­nosed with a ter­mi­nal brain tu­mour.

Like many pa­tients, Tay­lor’s grand­mother was treated in Townsville while stay­ing at the units sup­plied by the Queens­land Can­cer Coun­cil.

Af­ter Tay­lor saw how many peo­ple helped the pa­tients and their fam­i­lies dur­ing treat­ment she wanted to find a way to make a dif­fer­ence.

“Last year, a week be­fore the race, my grand­mother passed away and it was so hard to con­tinue on with the event but I knew we had too in her mem­ory,” Tay­lor said.

The Crankin for Can­cer race has now de­vel­oped into a two day car­ni­val with pro­ceeds go­ing to the Queens­land Can­cer Coun­cil.

Proser­pine BMX Club vice pres­i­dent Kristy Puck­ridge thanked the com­mu­nity for their on­go­ing sup­port.

“This was our third car­ni­val of the year and there was some hot rac­ing over the weekend,” she said. “Best of all peo­ple have re­ally got be­hind the cause and we can’t thank them enough.”

A ma­jor high­light of the event was the Crankin for Can­cer race with By­ron Chauntler tak­ing out first place, Lo­gan Clark in sec­ond and Wil­liam Sim­monds in third.

All boys were pre­sented with QLD Can­cer Coun­cil BMX jer­seys with By- ron also win­ning a red­line pro­line Ex­pert 2014 race bike do­nated by Red­line In­ter­na­tional and Mackay Bi­cy­cle Con­nec­tion.

To date Tay­lor has raised more than $2700 and do­na­tions can be made at www.ican­for­cancer.org.au by search­ing for Tay­lor Kerr.

CHAR­ITY RACE: Win­ners of the Crankin for Can­cer race Wil­liam Sim­monds in third place, By­ron Chauntler in first and Lo­gan Clark in sec­ond place were pre­sented with their awards by Tay­lor Kerr at the Proser­pine BMX Club on Sun­day.

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