Jade Parker to battle on
JADE Parker has returned from the World BMX Championships in South Africa empty-handed and a little worse for wear but plans to do it all again next year.
Parker, 13, touched down in Pietermaritzburg last week to contest the 14 years girls’ category of the prestigious BMX competition.
Parker fared well on the technical 420m course in the preliminary heats of the world championships achieving a first and two fourths to gain a spot in the final.
But in a cruel stroke of luck she finished last in the final after a nasty crash spoiled an early lead.
“It was a disappointing end to what started as a pretty promising race,” she said.
The Bundaberg rider flew from the starting gate to establish herself at the front of the pack, but was taken out by another racer.
Her competitor hit a jump askew and lost her balance landing on top of Parker and throwing her from her bike.
“It was disappointing and at the time pretty frustrating, but that’s the way it goes with racing sometimes,” she said.
“You have to roll with the knocks and take the good with the bad.”
Parker battled on but her bike sustained damage to the handlebars and she struggled to gain momentum.
“I was pedalling my heart out, but it was hard to steer and get speed up,” she said.
“I did what I could but it was tough.”
Parker will now get back into training at the Bundaberg BMX Club track in preparation for the National Titles where she will battle for a place in next year’s World Championships in Copenhagen.
“I trained hard and did everything I could but it just wasn’t my day,” she said.
“It was a disappointing result but I’ll be doing everything I can do to make sure I’m back next year.”
She will train with renowned Runaway Bay coach Karl Mustchin in the lead-up to the nationals to be held in Cairns in May.