BMX National Championships draw crowds in Bunbury

BMX riders and fans from all over Australia gathered in Bunbury for a week of blood, sweat and tears. 

Bunbury BMX Club’s Hay Park premises played host to the 2018 BMX National Championships

Crowds packed the Rotary Drive premises on Saturday, March 24 to catch a glimpse of their favourite riders in the finals. 

Geelong rider Brandon Te Hiko took out the elite men’s final on Saturday afternoon, breezing past South Australia’s Shane Rosa close to the line. 

Waneroo’s Bradley Game came in third and wowed West Australian fans. 

Queensland star Erin Lockwood dominated the elite women’s category, eclipsing Gemma-Lee Thomas (New South Wales) and fellow Queenslander Tyler-Lea Thorley. 

In the junior finals, NSW rider Nathaniel Rodway took out the men’s competition.

WA riders Joel Flower (Rockingham) and Dylan Bennetts impressed, finishing second and third respectively. 

Meanwhile, Ashlee Miller (NSW) narrowly clinched the junior women’s title from Queenlanders Molly McGill and Edan Whitlock. 

On Wednesday, Te Hiko finished second behind Queensland’s Corey Frieswyk in the 2018 Oceania Continental Championship elite men’s final. 

New Zealand’s Sarah Walker clinched top spot over fellow Kiwi Rebecca Petch in the women’s elite final. 

Prior to his national finals victory, Rodway clinched the Oceania Championship junior title. 

BMX Australia president Neil Cameron thanked Bunbury BMX Club for its help throughout the busy week of events. 

He said Bunbury played an instrumental role during the “top-notch” national finals series. 

“It’s been the best Australian series I have been to for a long time,” he said. 

“The track has been great, the riding has been fantastic and the venue – the town and surrounds – has been great.

“WA has welcomed us with open arms and it has been a great family experience for everyone that has come here.”

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