Callide Valley BMX riders excel at CQ championships

From L - R PJ O'Rourke, Liam Wall, Kaylah O'Rourke, Abby Stevens, Scott Bennett, Kaleb Nielsen, Matthew Nielsen and Corey Stevens back on the Biloela track after a successful CQ Championships. Photo Cameron McCrohon / Central Telegraph
From L - R PJ O'Rourke, Liam Wall, Kaylah O'Rourke, Abby Stevens, Scott Bennett, Kaleb Nielsen, Matthew Nielsen and Corey Stevens back on the Biloela track after a successful CQ Championships. Photo Cameron McCrohon / Central Telegraph Cameron Mccrohon

CALLIDE Valley may be the smallest BMX club in central Queensland but they certainly made their presence felt at the recent CQ Championships.

Ten of the club's 35 riders travelled to the championships held in Bundaberg and returned with six CQ plates, meaning the riders finished in the top eight in their individual age groups.

TeMahia Onekawa finished first in the eight-year girls, Matthew Nielsen first in the nine-year boys, Kaylah O'Rourke first in 12-year girls, Liam Wall fourth in nine-year boys, PJ O'Rourke fifth in 14-year boys and Kaleb Nielsen seventh in 11-year boys.

Other riders who travelled to Bundaberg included Corey Stevens, who made the semi-finals in the nine-year boys and just missed out on a final place, coming fifth.

Scott Bennett also rode in the nine-year boys and smashed his best time on that track from last year by three seconds.

The club's two sprocket riders, Abby Stevens and Tama Onekawa, both seven, blitzed their competitors, with Tama winning all of his races and Abby finishing in the top three of every race.

Club spokeswoman Rebecca Nielsen said they were extremely proud of all the riders who competed.

"They rode against competitors from Maryborough, Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Gladstone," Rebecca said.

"It was a tough event and it was good to see them all do well."

Rebecca said the club was now preparing for the Queensland titles in Cairns in September.

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