Rid­ers se­lected for new hub

Te Awa­mutu and Cam­bridge BMX clubs rep­re­sented

Waipa Post - - The Country -

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).

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