Girlpower at national BMX titles
IT WAS all about girlpower for Clarence Valley BMX Club at the recent Australian championships at Shepparton.
Local female riders brought home two highly sought-after Australian plates and three were part of the winning NSW team in the Dynamite Series.
Tahlia Marsh secured the A7 plate for her seventh-place finish in the 11-year girls final and Woolgoolga's Chloe Molan was sixth in 12-year girls.
It was extra special for Tahlia, in Year 5 at Westlawn Public, who broke her wrist in the very first heat at the event last year.
"It was so good to make the final," Tahlia said. "It was so much fun because it was all muddy and rainy."
She is now preparing to compete at pre-trials in June for the Mighty 11s squad to tour New Zealand in October.
Meanwhile, Chloe Molan, Stacey Brown and Brooke Korb all earned valuable points to help NSW narrowly win the team event.
The results represent a vast improvement across the board for the club.
"Last year we had no Australian plates," Clarence Valley BMX secretary Jo Stanton said.
"This year quite a few progressed a lot further in what is a cut-throat sport.
"They've all been working hard and have been rewarded with these results."
Over 1000 riders competed in various classes at the 2014 BMX Australian championships. World and Australian champions Sam Willoughby and Caroline Buchanon flew in from the States and put on a great show of skill.
Five local families with 11 riders from Clarence Valley BMX Club went for the week-long event.
"Just the experience of riding at that calibre is something special," Clarence Valley BMX publicity officer Mark Korb said.
"The atmosphere, just the noise, it's incredible."
This afternoon's gate practice will be preceded by a beginner coaching course at 4pm.