Cromwell bike park founders rid­ing high af­ter open­ing

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - JO MCKENZIE-MCLEAN

New Zealand BMX cham­pion Sarah Walker will be made a life mem­ber of the Cromwell BMX Club, pres­i­dent Gary Smith says.

The 28-year-old of­fi­cially opened the Cromwell Bike Park and BMX track on Satur­day. She spent three days vis­it­ing schools, hold­ing train­ings ses­sions with rid­ers, rac­ing on the track - and even squeez­ing in a hot lap and go kart­ing at High­lands Mo­tor­sport Park.

‘‘She was so good with the kids. She is so pas­sion­ate. She is a fan­tas­tic am­bas­sador,’’ Smith said.

Walker had land at Hawea which she planned to build on and she had said the Cromwell track would be­come her ‘‘home track’’.

‘‘We are go­ing to make her a life mem­ber.’’

The open­ing of the $400,000 fa­cil­ity had been a proud and emo­tional day for the com­mit­tee, which had spent five years turn­ing a dream into re­al­ity, Smith said.

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