Former world champion takes club coaching reins



THE Bundaberg BMX Club is off and racing for 2006 with a newly employed professional coach and already excellent numbers attending training and weekly Friday race nights.

Club president Mike Booth said their coaching ranks had been boosted by the recruitment of enthusiastic former Australian BMX champion Luke Ryton-Benson to teach and nurture their riders.

The club is situated on Airport Road, directly behind Brothers Sports Club and Friday night racing starts at around 7pm.

Currently 80 to 90 riders compete each Friday evening and new members are always welcome, and a come and try day will be held at the track this Sunday from 9am.

Parents who have children who may be interested in joining the club or having a go should telephone registrar Rosalie Booth on 4153 5164 (h) for any further information.

"Or they can simply come along to a Friday night race meeting to see how well the club is run and witness the enjoyment the kids have,'' Booth said.

"Whilst there are opportunities for the riders to progress in the sport to contest Zone, state and Australian championships, the Bundaberg BMX Club places emphasis on all kids simply participating and having fun.

"BMX is very much a family sport with the club's youngest rider being three years of age and our oldest rider Tony Chapman, who recently turned 43.

"There are currently 14 female riders in the club but it would also be good to have more girls and women.



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