Southside riders return with championship plates


Riders Kate Taylor, Isabella Ierace, Jett Smith, Jayden Keogh, Jordan Callum, Justine Short, Kesia Savill and Cameron Ainger.
Riders Kate Taylor, Isabella Ierace, Jett Smith, Jayden Keogh, Jordan Callum, Justine Short, Kesia Savill and Cameron Ainger.

Jordan Callum led the way with a first place finish in the 11-12 cruisers and sixth overall in his age group. Matthew Tongue was equally impressive, finishing second overall in the 25-29 men’s category.

Jayden Keogh (fifth in 13 boys), Kesia Savill (6th in 17-24 women) and Bianca Campbell (eighth in 15 girls) were the other plate winners.

The club had 16 riders racing over the three days of competition, which included more than 3000 entries from across the country. Southside training co-ordinator Sandra Winfield said that the new $1.5 million track was unusually technical and challenging.

“Riders found the track provided a new challenge, which set the bar high in order to win a national plate,” she said.

“There were a lot of accidents, more so than other BMX events, and several of our riders were injured while participating.”

The national championships act as a qualifying event for the BMX World Championships in Colombia in July as well as the Rio Olympics.

The club is hosting a free come and try day at its Bull Creek track on Saturday, April 9 from 10am to noon. Anybody interested in attending can email savill@bigpond.com.