Gympie enduro star Jemma Wilson will host a farewell fundraiser at Silky Oak Tea Gardens next weekend before moving to Sweden.
Gympie enduro star Jemma Wilson will host a farewell fundraiser at Silky Oak Tea Gardens next weekend before moving to Sweden. Craig Warhurst

Sweden bound but Jemma needs to fundraise

INTERNATIONAL enduro talent Jemma Wilson is amped up for next weekend's farewell fundraiser before taking off to Sweden on March 14.

The 23-year-old Gympie rider will head to Sweden to prepare for the 2013 Enduro World Championships and the farewell event will help her raise money to fund her ambitions.

The event will be held next Saturday at Silky Oak Tea Gardens.

Wilson said the fundraiser had a rock 'n' roll theme with live music and swing dance and would be fun-packed.

Hamburgers and milkshakes will be available, or diners can choose from a wider selection on the menu.

A $5 cover charge will provide guests with a raffle ticket for the monster multidraw raffle.

There are 12 different prizes to be won, all of which were donated by local businesses.

Top prize is a six-month membership at Cooloola Fitness worth $400.

Anyone unable to make it but still wanting a raffle ticket can buy them from Gympie's M1 First Aid store and Lives in Progress Massage.

The enduro queen will also hold a carwash fundraiser at Cooloola Fitness Centre next Saturday morning before heading to the tea gardens dinner.

The car wash kicks off at 8am and finishes at 10am.

Jemma cheekily said that it would be the best car wash anybody has ever had, and said, "Cooloola Fitness members will grind their sculpted bodies cleaning your car spotless and to perfection".

The cheap price of a gold coin is all they ask.

Wilson said that she was hoping to raise as much money as possible throughout the day to fuel her Enduro goals.

Enduro is a sport that some people underestimate.

Wilson said "the toughest races can last for up to six days, each day consists of around five to eight hours of riding on rough terrain full of hills, rocks, creeks and obstacles.

"When the terrain isn't hectic enough though, the race officials can change the track building hills and placing manmade rocks."

Wilson was asked by Swedish Enduro team owner Joakim Johansson to join his team and compete in the prestigious Enduro World Championships.

Wilson back on the podium

Recovered enduro queen Jemma Wilson made it back to the top of the winners' podium quick smart this year after breaking two ankles in an unlucky motorcycle fall in the middle of last year.

In one of the first races of the 2013 season, Wilson rode her Yamaha YZF250 to first-place victory at last week's Conondale enduro meet.

Wilson said she was feeling strong and confident after winning.

She said the Conondale event was a comfortable race and the win had placed her in an early positive mindset leading into this year's enduro world championships.

Last year, Wilson's debut world championships experience was cut short after breaking her ankles while practising trials on her bike.

She will race with a Swedish Honda team for this year's worlds and will also return to Australia to race for Yamaha throughout the year.

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