Australian BMX national champions lead Bunbury riders in training sessions

Two of Australia’s national BMX champions have visited Bunbury to meet some of town’s best riders. 

National elite men’s champion Kai Sakakibara and junior elite women’s champion Saya Sakakibara led a three-day training course at Bunbury BMX Club’s Hay Park premises during the week. 

Saya said the courses were designed to put participants through their paces on and off the track. 

“I hope they learn at least one thing, that’s what we really want from our coaching sessions,” she said. 

“We want to get to know more about the kids and meet more Western Australian competitors.”

Kai said he and his sister were excited to train up-and-coming riders. 

“Saya and I have been students in these clinics ourselves,” he said. 

“Now that we’ve reached that elite level, it’s our turn to do the same for the group of riders coming through.” 

Kai and Saya will be taking on national and international competitions this year, both vying for a spot on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic side. 

Bunbury participant Kiara Wyatt said she hoped to learn more about gaining speed and perfecting tactical work on the track. 

Bunbury BMX Club played host to round one of the BMXWA Super Series earlier this month. 

Riders and fans will descend upon Bunbury from March 20 to 25 for the 2018 National Championships.