For­mer BMX champ still has it

South Waikato News - - Your Health - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

A for­mer Toko­roa BMX Na­tional Champ has re­turned back to his old stomp­ing ground a win­ner.

Dion Newth, 42, is of­fi­cially ranked as num­ber one af­ter win­ning the 40- 44 Cruiser ti­tle.

Newth led the pack while com­pet­ing against 24 rac­ers at the 2016 BMX NZ Na­tional Cham­pi­onships.

Feel­ing qui­etly con­fi­dent he said a sea­son of first place wins set him up as a threat to ri­vals.

‘‘I led all the way. I had a point to prove,’’ he said.

‘‘Ev­ery­thing just fell into place for me. I ran the per­fect race.’’

Like wa­ter of a ducks back Newth dom­i­nated on the 400 me­tre track.

Win­ning three qual­i­fy­ing races, the fi­nals proved a breeze as he led from the front line.

Newth re­turned home from Queens­land in 2015 and needed to find some­thing to do.

While he had re­tired from rac­ing 12-years ago, he de­cided it was time to get back on his bike.

He raced his first sea­son in Septem­ber last year the odds have weighed in his favour since.

Even break­ing a arm at the start didn’t de­ter the vet­eran from push­ing for­ward.

A win­ning per­for­mance at the North­ern Re­gional and the Auckland Cham­pi­onships kept com­peti­tors on edge.

Newth placed sec­ond at the Oceanic Champs which is rated one step be­low the World’s Champions.

‘‘In my mind I came first for my age group.

‘‘The way it worked out is the class was younger than mine so they didn’t have enough to com­pete in so they moved it up into ours.

‘‘They guy who won in the age group lower is the one who beat me.’’

The goal is to re­tain his num­ber one plac­ing next year and race at the World’s Cham­pi­onships at Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Back in the day Newth proudly wore rode the 886 to show where his roots stem.

Now he’s happy to set­tle as the num­ber one.

‘‘I put a lot of time and ef­fort into my train­ing, it made it all worth while.

‘‘Com­ing from the Gold Coast I moved home head­ing into win­ter so I had to wake up mi­nus five de­grees.’’

Like a duck to wa­ter BMX racer Dion Newth has come out of re­tire­ment stronger and de­ter­mined to take on the World Champs next year.

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