BMX club's effort deserves praise
THE Queensland Championships have been heralded a great success with 102 state titles contested over three days of racing on the Bundaberg BMX Club track.
Thirteen titles were decided on the last day, with, as expected visitors dominating the elite classes with Cairns' Ronnie Dugdell triumphing in the men's division and Gemma Sloane, of Ashmore, reigning supreme among the women.
Cairns also picked up two other number ones, with Bryce Stroud in the boys and Aislynn Weber in the girls standing tall in the 13 years boys and girls' classes.
Bundaberg was the only other club to claim multiple titles on the day with world champion Jade Parker making the 15 years girls' event her own and Abbie Blackburn chalking up her sixth straight state title, in the 14 years girls.
The other spoils were shared between seven clubs, with Corey Frieswyk, of Mackay Pioneer, and Madison Janssen (Nerang) the junior men's and women's champions, and Michael Wallin, of Walkerston, beating all comers in the 30 years-plus masters.
The other age winners were Jason Rayner (Gladstone's Harbour City, 14 years boys), Brendan Floriduz (Townsville, 15 years boys), Erin Rook (Rockhampton, 16 years girls) and Joshua Zarb (Pine Rivers, 16 years boys).
Bundaberg club president Shane Davies was delighted both with the success of their members, winning a total of 31 plates, including five No. 1's, and the response to the event.
"A lot of our club members have walked away with Queensland plates, and with the three days of racing and the media coverage we have had, it should definitely bring more people over to the sport," Davies said.
"The feedback has been good. People have said they have enjoyed their time here, the track, the racing and checking out the surrounding area.
"It really comes down to all those volunteers who have helped over the week as without them, we would have struggled with such a major event."
Davies said even though every one was a bit worn out, they had already been talking about staging the titles again.
"But to do that, we will have to have out starting area raised higher to meet the requirements to bring it up to five metres high, so that's going to require some help from all of us and a few local businesses," he said.
In the meantime, the club races every Friday night from 7pm with training on Mondays from 4.30-5.30pm for sprockets and 6-7pm for older riders and new members are always welcome.
For more information, call Davies on 4155 3028 or 0411 133 265.