Wheely great turnout for BMX National Championships

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THE BRILLIANCE OF BMX… Last week, more than 3,000 athletes and their support teams travelled to Shepparton to take part in the BMX National Championships. Photo: Get Snapt photography.

LAST weekend saw an influx of riders hitting the tracks in Shepparton for the 2019 BMX National Championships.

The weeklong event saw an impressive 1,547 entries and more than 3,000 athletes and their support teams, with around 75 percent of visitors travelling from outside of Victoria. The event had a significant impact on our local community, with many of our hospitality and accommodation services booked out to cater for our BMX visitors for majority of the week.  A lot of talent was on show during the competition and finals took place on Saturday, May 25. Queensland rider Izaac Kennedy, who is only 18 years old, took out the elite men’s title, despite being injured earlier in the year.

A few local riders made it to the finals, with Austin McNair finishing fifth overall in the 15 Boys class. Zayvier Sandland, Hayden Fletcher and Jamie Mahuika also represented Shepparton in the finals.

Des’ree Barnes and Matty Tidswell were the Junior Elite Women’s and Men’s National Champions, while Leanna Curtis took out the Elite Women’s National Champion title.