Thornlie’s Campbell siblings chase BMX success at world championships

Mitchell, Bianca and Taylor Campbell.
Mitchell, Bianca and Taylor Campbell.

THERE is no sibling rivalry when Bianca, Taylor and Mitchell Campbell take to the BMX track.

The Thornlie trio are part of a group of eight Southside BMX Club members selected to represent Australia at the UCI BMX World Championships in South Carolina at the end of July.

Their mother Brenda said the trio had all worked incredibly hard to qualify, usually training twice a day, five times a week in addition to competing twice a week.

“The kids have worked very hard in trying to achieve the highest results they can in BMX,” she said.

“To make the cut for the World Championships, you had to place from number 1 to 16 in Australia at the National Titles.

“This is a great battle as you travel to Queensland and race three races; some age groups have up to 90 or more riders in it.”

Bianca (16) is currently ranked fifth for her age in Australia and is part of the WA state team and is in the WAIS developing champions squad.

Such is her commitment, she often travels east once a month to compete in the National Series.

Her brother Taylor (13) has endured hardship already in his young career, having suffered two broken arms, which put his promising career on hold.

However, he has rebounded strongly and is currently ranked fifth in WA and races two years up in the 15 Boys bracket, due to his determination to test himself.

The youngest of the siblings, Mitchell (10), seemed destined to follow in the footsteps of his brother and sister from an early age.

Just a few weeks after he began to ride, he broke a long-standing record for fastest velodrome lap time for his age group.

Their mother paid tribute to their hardworking coaches, who helped her kids reach the world championships.

“I can’t speak highly enough of their coaches Tony Hancock and Cameron Angier, and their personal trainer Andrew Black; they deserve a lot of credit,” she said.

The trio were all-eager to claim a medal at the world Championships and hoped one day to represent their country at the Olympics.

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