Jack Fahey has secured professional sponsorship with Mongoose International.
Jack Fahey has secured professional sponsorship with Mongoose International. Contributed

Teen signs international contract

HIGH-flying freestyle BMX rider Jack Fahey has secured professional status with Mongoose International.

The contract will mean the former Bundaberg boy, 19, will travel to America, Germany and France this year to cut his teeth on the world BMX circuit.

The former Shalom College student honed his craft at the Bundaberg Skate Park during his senior high school years.

His professional status will help give him the financial freedom to pursue his passion for freestyle BMX internationally.

"I'm pretty stoked with it all," he said.

"It's going to be a pretty interesting year ahead."

Pencilled on to the 2012 calendar so far is the BMX Masters in Germany, the Fise Championship in France and the Dew Tour in America.

But first up will be a tour of the US with the Mongoose International BMX team.

Fahey said the sponsorship deal had given him the chance of a lifetime and was an opportunity not to be taken lightly.

"It's amazing to just sort of travel around and see different things," he said.

Fahey said the secret to being competitive and good riding was not getting caught up in the hype and remembering what originally drew him to the sport.

"It's not about winning everything and being the best," he said.

"You need to remember that it's about having fun and make sure you still enjoy riding, otherwise there's not really any point."

Fahey said there was evidence of the Freestyle BMX scene fading in Bundaberg, despite a few diehards still plying their trade at the skate park.

"When I started there was heaps of us but now there's hardly any, which is a sad," he said.

"It can be a whole lot of fun."

The Mongoose sponsorship comes in addition to sponsorships from DE Collective, X-Rated helmets, Exposure Products and Reckless Riders, Bundaberg.

"It's going to be a pretty interesting year ahead."



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