BMX champs excel at comp
COOLOOLA BMX had six young riders return from the BMXQ State Championships this week after a long weekend of racing resulted in some competitors earning Queensland titles.
Cooloola BMX registrar Emily Cavanagh said it was a huge weekend in the city with 1770 riders attending the state titles and well done to Cairns for pulling off a great weekend of racing.
"They absolutely had a ball - exploring in Cairns with their families and seeing other riders," Cavanagh said.
From Wednesday to Sunday, the Gympie riders had to compete in four qualifying races each on their given day, including finals.
Cavanagh said the races were almost back-to-back and if they made finals, it meant having eight starts in the one day.
"The block starts were exhausting for them."
Seven-year-old sprocket rider Baylee Godwin had a strong run, earning three third places and a second during his qualifying races. But in his age group, they do not hold finals.
Another young rider with potential, Layla Ash, achieved two thirds and two fourth places in the qualifying heats, placing fourth in the semi-finals and finished eighth in the final to win her first Queensland plate.
The young rider can add the Queensland plate to her two other existing titles from the South Queensland Championships, both for last year and this year.
Leath Rodighiero, who has previously represented the club at world level in New Zealand, comfortably progressed to the finals, winning the quarters and following through to the final to be crowned fifth in Queensland.
Brother Dorian Rodighiero also came home with a plate, finishing eighth in Queensland, while their sister Taryn Rodighiero showed determination in a strong age group.
"It was a tough field to be in and she only just missed out on a plate," Cavanagh said.
She said the club continues to encourage more female participants.
Anthony Nyburg had a strong field of 49 riders in his division and was travelling well into the quarter-finals before a devastating accident during the race could not progress through to the final.
"He took a fair bit of skin off," Cavanagh said.
President Morgan McGourty and Cavanagh said they were proud of the riders and they should be proud of themselves for the effort they put in and their dedication to training six days a week.