Riders selected for new hub
Te Awamutu and Cambridge BMX clubs represented
Cycling New Zealand has announced the riders selected for the new Schick Civil BMX National Performance Hub based in Cambridge.
The strength of Te Awamutu and Cambridge BMX clubs is indicated with six out of the 15 riders selected coming from Waipa district for the New Zealand wide hub.
Local riders selected are Bennett Greenough, Tasman Wakelin, Rico D’Anvers, Charlie Lester-Rosson (Cambridge) and Cooper Merito, Mason James (Te Awamutu).
The riders are aged 15-18 and are experienced at the highest age-group level of their sport, many holding national titles and international experience.
Greenough, Wakelin, Merito and Lester-Rosson headed off last week to compete at the World BMX Champs in Baku, Azerbaijan from June 5-9.
The hub will enable all the riders to develop as athletes and prepare for the senior ranks of elite BMX under the direction of Hub coach Matt Cameron.
The former BMX international is the head coach of the BMX National Performance Hub and will operate from Cycling New Zealand’s base in Cambridge.
Cameron has a significant background in BMX international competition around the globe, representing New Zealand at UCI World Championships and World Cup Supercross.
The first training camp for BMX Performance Hub riders, on May 26-27, involved training at Te Awamutu and Cambridge tracks, athlete/coach meetings with coach Cameron and a talk from Drugfreesport NZ.
Cycling New Zealand’s Mountain Bike Performance Hub has made real advances in its first two years, with a hub rider accounting for nearly a quarter of the ranking points that has seen New Zealand jump from 20th to sixth on the nation world rankings last year.
“It shows that the hubs can make a difference and I would like to see the same effect from our BMX hub riders in the future,” said Cameron.
The BMX National Performance Hub has been realised with the support from Schick Civil Construction, who have a long history in supporting sporting endeavours in New Zealand.
“Investing in development and performance pathways is a key to securing top talent and continuing to grow New Zealand’s performance outcomes on the world stage,” said Cycling New Zealand CEO, Andrew Matheson. “We believe these performance hubs will be the start of something big and to this degree we are indebted to both Subway and Schick Civil Construction for their support in making this project a reality.”
WAIPA riders take time out for a photo shoot during the first Schick Civil BMX National Performance Hub training camp at Castleton Park track in Te Awamutu. From left: Bennett Greenough (CB), Tasman Wakelin (CB), Cooper Merito (TA), Mason James (TA), Rico D’Anvers (CB) and Charlie Lester-Rosson (CB).