Bundaberg girl chases sixth title
THE 2011 BMX Queensland State Championships, which will be hosted by the Bundaberg BMX Club, are almost 12 months away, but already the anticipation and fever are building.
The championships, which were launched this week, will run from September 21-25, and while everyone involved in the Bundaberg club is excited despite having a year of hard work ahead of them, at least one local has extra spring in her pedal – Abbie Blackburn.
The quietly spoken 13-year-old Shalom College student will be chasing her sixth straight state title on her home track, and she, along with the big contingent of other locals, will have all of their home-town behind them.
“It will be extra good because I will have home track advantage which is a big thing and will help,” Blackburn said.
Blackburn, who also is a member of the State Talent Identification Squad and is the leader in her division of the Champ BIX Series after her State Championship heroics, will try to enhance her position in the next round in Frankston Victoria next month.
But she will then have a break over the Christmas period before upping the ante for a big year, which also includes a home-state Nationals in Cairns in April.
Blackburn loves winning and loves seeing all of her friends at the many meetings she competes at, and ultimately she wants to ride at the Olympics, but for next year, the pinnacle would be glistening state gold in Bundaberg
The Queensland State Titles are the second largest BMX event in Australia with only the national championships topping them, and with more than 1000 riders to converge on the city for a week, plus all their families and officials from many of the 32 BMX clubs from throughout Queensland, the event will have huge economic benefits for the region.
Bundaberg club president Shane Davies is delighted the Bundaberg Regional Council has thrown its weight behind the event.
“Bundaberg last hosted these championships in 2003 and a lot of our current riders were very young when they competed then, and they know how exciting it is. They are experienced riders now and ready to step up to another level,” Davies said.
“The club is certainly also up for the challenge and, since we were awarded the championships, the committee has already put a lot of things in place to ensure it is a great success.
“We will have two earlier major events which will assist us in our preparations for the state titles, with the Central Queensland Championships in May and our annual Cane Toad Classic in July, so it's certainly going to be a huge year for us.”
With the London Olympics in 2012, a number of present or aspiring Olympians are also set to light up the Bundaberg track.