Walker claims third Ocea­nia BMX ti­tle

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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.

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