Gympie lads dominate the Off-Road Junior Champs

GYMPIE'S endurance riding talent continues to shine on the national stage after two Gympie lads dominated the recent Australian Off-Road Junior Championships.

Fourteen-year-olds Kaden Groves and Lachlan Allen placed first and third respectively in the overall championships after 12 long rounds of competition.

The last round at Dungog in New South Wales on the weekend saw the two boys end up on the podium with huge smiles on their faces.

Allen's dad Peter said the key to success for both riders was consistency.

"With 12 rounds you need to be consistent with results and both boys managed to hold their places throughout the championships," he said.

Allen admitted he was surprised at how well his son went after placing 10th at last year's championships.

"He has been working really hard for it this year but to place third was a huge surprise," he said.

"Lachlan was stoked with his performance and is excited to return next year."

The Saint Patrick's student time-managed well during the championships which were all over the country.

"His school helped him manage the work load and his grades have been good, which is what's important," Allen said.

"It will get harder as he gets older but at the moment everything seems to be working well."

Allen said it was not only Gympie riders who went well at the competition.

"Kade Kimlin placed fourth in the event so it goes to show the amazing talent we have in our region," he said.

"To have some of the best riders in Australia in such a small area shows the effort our locals are putting into the sport."

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