He is young but he’s quick

South Taranaki Star - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS BOULT

He may only be 5-years-old but Finn Lawrence can tear up a BMX track.

In­deed, he will be one to watch at the an­nual BMX Club Indoor Win­ter Na­tion­als in Ha¯ wera this week­end.

Finn is the cur­rent mixed 5-year-old New Zealand cham­pion look­ing for­ward to rac­ing in the coun­try’s only an­nual indoor event.

‘‘I like rac­ing friends and meet­ing peo­ple from other places,’’ he said.

Finn, who rides for the Ha¯ wera club and won his ti­tle in New Ply­mouth ear­lier this year, won’t be short of sup­port ei­ther.

‘‘He had lots of his class­mates yelling for him then, it was un­real,’’ Finn’s fa­ther Hay­den Lawrence said. ‘‘We’ve got more friends and fam­ily com­ing to this event to sup­port him.’’

Lawrence said Finn had come a long way since he first started in the sport.

‘‘Twelve months ago he couldn’t even stand at the start­ing gate so to come full cir­cle in that time has been amaz­ing,’’ he said.

How­ever, Finn won’t be the youngest com­peti­tor tak­ing part in the event, with around 250 com­peti­tors aged be­tween three and 60-years-old tak­ing part in a range of com­pet­i­tive and fun classes.

The event has been held at the Eg­mont A & P Show­grounds for 23 years.

What you need to know Haw­era Indoor Na­tion­als, OS­CARS Su­per­class, Strid­ers, Pit bikes, Su­per­class – Ju­nior, In­ter­me­di­ate, Se­nior and Cruiser.

Ad­mis­sion is free. When: Satur­day, May 19 and Sun­day May 20. Where: TSB Cen­tre, Burnside Av­enue Haw­era Check in: Fri­day 6pm-7pm & Satur­day 10am-11am.

Rac­ing: Satur­day Rac­ing: noon Sun­day Rac­ing: 9.30am Fri­day night prac­tice 6pm-7pm.

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Finn Lawrence, left, and Haw­era BMX Club pres­i­dent Graeme Schi­man­ski

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