Abbie Blackburn returned from the Nationals taking victory 1st place in the under-15 Girls.
Abbie Blackburn returned from the Nationals taking victory 1st place in the under-15 Girls. Scottie Simmonds

City's bandits steal victory

BUNDABERG'S high-flying BMX Bandits raided the National BMX titles trophy cabinet in a dominant display of aerial acrobatics and two-wheeled antics in Mt Gambier, South Australia.

The Bundaberg BMX Club returned from its southern campaign with a record six plates earned across both junior and senior categories in the prestigious national competition.

Current world champion Jade Parker reprised her place at the top to win another Australian championship with a winning performance in the 16-Girls.

In her track marks was clubmate and friend Abbie Blackburn who led the entire way in the 15-Girls final to claim her first win at the national titles.

Blackburn said everything fell into place in the final after a battle against the nation's best riders in the qualifying motos.

"I got a really good start and everything seemed to kind of go my way," she said.

"It was a pretty amazing feeling to win."

Also doing well for the club was father-son combination Chris and Connor Pratt who brought home two plates each.

Chris was sixth in the 40-44 Men's and eighth in the 40-44 Men's Cruiser class, while Connor claimed second in the 14-year Boys and second in the 14-year Boys Cruiser class.

Also competing for Bundaberg BMX Club was Jack Davies in the 10-year boys and Sienna Davies in the 11-year girls.

Bundaberg BMX Club vice-president Brian Pratt said the representatives had earned their national plates with hard work and perseverance.

"All I can put it down to is a whole lot of hard work and dedication," he said.



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