Walker claims third Oceania BMX title
Cambridge’s Olympic BMX rider rider Sarah Walker held off compatriot Rebecca Petch to win the Oceania BMX title in Western Australia.
Walker won all of her motos and jumped first out of the gate to edge out Petch, from Te Awamutu, in the final at Bunbury, two hours south of Perth.
Temperatures in the 30deg Celsius mark did not deter riders or crowds with over 1000 people attending an action-packed day of racing at the Bunbury BMX Club.
Walker continued her return to BMX claiming her second Oceania title in three years in commanding fashion ahead of Petch with Sara Jones (Australia) completing the podium.
Walker, who has won the title three times in all, looked untroubled all day and started the final as the fastest seed.
‘‘I felt really calm out of the gate and all I was thinking about was just one jump at a time and giving 100 per cent,’’ Walker said.
‘‘My preparation this year has been so much better than last year.
‘‘My mind is all about having fun and enjoying my riding and when I do that, my trainings are better and my racing is better which means everything is enjoyable.’’
Petch, the New Zealand elite champion, continued her consistent form at the Oceania Championships.
She has won three silver medals, as an U19 in 2015 and 2016 and last year as an elite.
Hamilton’s Cailen Calken won the bronze medal in his first year in the junior elite category with Kapiti’s Luey Cotton seventh in the final.