Busy season to bring thrills

Sophia ConstantineNorth West Telegraph

Hedland BMX club is eager to return this week for an exciting and action-packed season.

The track, at the corner of Anderson and Darlot streets in Port Hedland, recently had an upgrade, providing a better than ever training ground for riders.

Hedland BMX spokesman Daniel Vadala said the club was expecting a busy season, having received more than 60 new members last year.

“Phones have just been ringing off the dial with interest from new members about the upcoming season,” he said.

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He said BMX was the only sport in WA where children could get involved from as young as two.

Children aged between two and five can use a balance bicycle, which operates without pedals.

“BMX is a great, action-packed spectator sport,” he said, adding, “some of the older kids put on the most spectacular show with flips and tricks.”

“The sport offers a different alternative to other major sporting teams in Port Hedland.

“Even though it is in a team environment, it is a completely different nature.”

He said with BMX promoted as a successful sport in capital cities, it was important that children in regional areas had the same opportunities to ride and compete.

He said the club had always encouraged parents of riders to get involved.

The club was scheduled to host its annual Have a Try Day on Saturday, but because of wet weather conditions has had to postpone until a further date.

The event is aimed at encouraging people from the community to come and try out the sport and meet existing members.

Training for the new season started on Tuesday night and the first race of the season will be held on March 24.

Hedland BMX superstars Chelsea Kilmartin and James Wise are set to showcase their talent at the upcoming 2017 BMX Australia National Championships in Brisbane next month.

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