World class BMX racers headed to Balcatta for national competition

Alyssa Howat (11-Wanneroo -national champion), Sam Rossiter (11-Duncraig), Maverick Coleman (8-Perth), Hayden Rossiter (11-Duncraig) and Nathan Rawlings (12-Duncraig- WA representative). Photo: Martin Kennealey
Alyssa Howat (11-Wanneroo -national champion), Sam Rossiter (11-Duncraig), Maverick Coleman (8-Perth), Hayden Rossiter (11-Duncraig) and Nathan Rawlings (12-Duncraig- WA representative). Photo: Martin Kennealey

WORLD class BMX racing is headed to Balcatta.

Australia’s top BMX athlete and world number nine Kai Sakakibara, alon with other top Australian riders, will be competing at Westside BMX Club for stage two of BMX Australia’s 2019 National Series on March 2 and 3.

More than 500 riders are expected to compete across the Challenge (age) class, Superclass and Union Cyliste Internationale (UCI) elite and junior elite competitions.

Riders will race to earn world rankings points, which also help Australian riders qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

BMX Australia chief executive Martin Shaw said there was a thorough process to select venues across Australia to host series events, with Westside BMX the only WA location chosen.

“Our feedback from riders, coaches and officials is that this venue works for an event of this stature,” he said.

“The City of Stirling is hoping to bring top-level events to the region and we are looking forward to working alongside them to produce a world-class event for the BMX Australia family.”

Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin believed it was a great opportunity to showcase the sport to the community and also highlight the City to the rest of the country.

“We’re really excited to be able to host the event and looking forward to being able to show the competitors, visitors and all of the people heading along to the event just what the City has to offer,” he said.

Westside BMX Club celebrates its 40th year in 2019 and president Kishani Green said hosting the event was exciting for WA BMX fans.

“To have the honour of holding such a high profile event at our own track is thrilling,” she said.

“Australia has some of the world’s best BMX racers, and we will get to see them in action shooting for Olympic qualification in our own backyard.”

There is free entry to the family-friendly event, with racing starting from 1pm on Saturday and 9.30am on Sunday.