Waipa riders to fore

Waipa Post - - Crimeline -

Five BMX riders from the Waipa¯ dis­trict have made the newly es­tab­lished Na­tional Youth De­vel­op­ment Squad.

Leila Walker, Jack Gree­nough, Lo­gan Hall, Maui Mor­ri­son (Cam­bridge) and Brooke Penny (Te Awa­mutu) gained se­lec­tion af­ter im­press­ing at the tri­als held in con­junc­tion with the Cen­tral Re­gional Cham­pi­onships in Taupo¯ .

The tri­als were to select four girls and four boys from the UCI 13 and UCI 14 age groups.

El­liot Kale (Tau­ranga) and Me­gan Wil­liams (Ro­torua) also made the girls’ squad, while Karepa Heke (Tau­ranga) makes up the boys’ squad.

Those se­lected gain knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence from pas­sion­ate coaches, then travel away as a squad to Aus­tralia with­out par­ents and fam­ily to ride as an in­de­pen­dent ath­lete.

This is in­tended as a first step in pre­par­ing BMXNZ’s younger riders to ride in­ter­na­tion­ally at more se­nior lev­els by pro­vid­ing life ex­pe­ri­ences in trav­el­ling and com­pet­ing in­de­pen­dently.

Photo / Colin Thorsen

World cham­pion Leila Walker pic­tured com­pet­ing in Te Awa­mutu.

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