Riders take out state titles
WITH 25 riders ranging in age from four to 12, the Callide Valley BMX Club is finishing the year with a couple of convincing wins at the state competition level as well as showcasing an impressive array of talent at contests throughout the year.
Club president Scott Stevens said five of the club's riders had competed in the 2018 LKI BMX Queensland Championships at the end of September, with two members taking out the state titles.
Abby Stevens won the 10-year-old girls' competition and Tama Onekawa won the 10-year-old boys' competition, while Te Mahia Onekawa, Tama Kororiko and Awhena Kororiko also competed.
Tama Kororiko (nine-year-old boys) came 25th out of 32 riders and Awhena (nine-year-old girls) was a semi-finalist and came 14th out of 21 riders.
Te Mahia also rode in the 11-year-old girls' section and placed seventh.
Mr Stevens said the results were "fantastic”, especially from such a small club.
Abby and Corey Stevens also completed in the Queensland Country Championships held in Cairns in the June/July school holidays, with Abby placing second in the 10-year-old girls and third in the 11-12 girls' cruiser race.
Corey placed seventh in the 12-year-old boys.
Mr Stevens said the club, in its sixth year in its current format, trained twice a week from term one until the end of term three and had now finished competitions for the year.
Membership had risen from nine riders last year to 25 this year, he said.
"A lot of it has been through word of mouth,” he said.
"And there's not a lot of ongoing costs associated with the sport.
"The families who have come have decided that it's a good sport for a family.
"It's exercise and it's getting children out and away from electronics and it's also learning about what it means to be fit and healthy.
"It's very much an individual sport and it's learning how to associate with your fellow riders both on and off the track,” Stevens said.
"You can be competitive and race hard and that starts on the track and then off the track it's all about having fun with the kids and in those relationships - that for me, in a nutshell, is why I think it's a good sport.”
Stevens said families also enjoyed taking part in the five regional competitions throughout the year.
"Most of our races are within four hours of Biloela so it's a good chance for families to go away and have a social outing,” Stevens said.
"We camp at the tracks and that's just another facet of the weekend.
"It's a great opportunity for the parents to have a bit of downtime too.”
He said riders also participated in competitions in Brisbane.