Our BMX bandits learn from the best

BMX: World champion Jade Parker and fellow Bundaberg riders Abbie Blackburn and Sienna Davies have returned from a BMX Queensland talent identification camp.

The trio flew the Bundaberg BMX Club flag proudly at the intensive two-day training camp organised by state body BMX Queensland.

Held at the Sleeman Sports Complex in Chandler Brisbane, the clinic aimed to develop Australia's BMX champions of the future.

Bundaberg BMX Club member Bob Parker said the development camp had made for an intense two days for participants.

"It's been pretty busy down here," he said yesterday.

"The girls have been training pretty hard, participating in a broad range of activities."

Parker said the clinic had been an important refresher course for participants as the 2012 BMX season gets into gear.

"It's part of an ongoing development of the up-and-coming riders," he said.

"It's about providing them with a bit of inspiration, providing them with relevant information and giving them a bit of a kick along the way."

Attendees trained alongside BMX Queensland's high-performance professional squad, some of which will be selected for the upcoming Olympic Games.

The clinic covered a broad range of skills for the state's budding BMX riders, from health and nutrition science, to racing strategies and core strength training regiments.

Bundaberg BMX member Shane Davies said participants had learned some important tricks of the trade to help them on the competitive BMX circuit.

"They've been learning everything from squat techniques, to some of the more technical elements of riding," he said.

"The stuff they are learning here is really going to help them later on down the track."



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