Boom stage for BMX star

Aaron Nottle.
Aaron Nottle.

Having nothing to do in the isolated mining town meant Aaron (17) spent most of his time on his bike from the age of four.

Fast-forward 13 years and the now Forrestfield resident is collecting BMX racing accolades like stamps, having just won six of this year’s seven rounds at the Nationals Series, to take the top ranking in the junior elite men’s national championships.

What was once a hobby is now a serious career option for the apprentice boilermaker, who spends three hours a day, six days a week training on his bike.

‘My family decided to move to Perth, which gave me better opportunities for competing,’ he said. ‘Only a few people can carry it on and have a career but I would like to give it a go.

‘I have a back-up plan, just in case it doesn’t work.

‘Working sometimes makes it difficult to practise but usually as soon as I get home, I get on the bike.’

Aaron said he still has much to do to perfect his riding skills.

‘I am still learning and growing and I think I still have a long way to go,’ he said.

Despite countless hours on the bike over 13 years, he has suffered minimal injuries.

‘I broke my ankle and my wrist in two separate incidents when I was 13 years old,’ he said.

‘I had just recovered from the broken wrist and was getting back into it when I broke my ankle.

‘Other than that, I’ve been lucky.’

The recent graduate to the junior elite rider ranks has his sights firmly set on a world championship when he represents Australia in New Zealand this July.

‘It will be my third World Championships,’ Aaron said.

‘Each year, it is held in a different country, which allows me to travel.

‘I competed when it was held in London in 2009 and I got to see the sites and some of the towns.’