Big week for riders
SAMANTHA Thomasson is ready to explode onto the track next week.
The Rockhampton BMX Club rider is geared up for the 2011 BMX Australia national championships in Cairns next week where she will not only represent her club, but also her home state.
Following an impressive performance at last year’s Queensland titles in which she won a silver medal, Thomasson was identified as one of the rising talents and was drafted into the 2011 Bombshell Queensland State Dynamite team.
The 12-year-old joins Cairns’ Aislynn Webber and Mackay’s Serena Twomey in the 13 year girls Queensland team.
The trio face off against the best BMX riders in Australia on Thursday before they go head-to-head in the national championship races which begin on Friday.
Thomasson joins a team of 15 competitors from the Rockhampton club. The youngest is Sprocket Anaya Whitehead, 5, and oldest is club president Brett Halter, who lines up in the 35-39 Cruiser Men division.
However, leading the way for Thomasson is the club’s premier women’s rider Erin Rook.
Rook, who picked up the club’s Most Outstanding Rider, President’s Trophy and Ambassador to BMX awards last season, is one of the favourites to win the national title in the her age division.
Last year BMX Queensland State coach Karl Mustchin predicted Rook would finish on the podium at the nationals after winning the Queensland title last year.
Along with Rook, Thomasson’s younger brother Scott lines up against 60 competitors in the 10 year boys division and is also a serious contender after finishing in second place in the nine year boys at last year’s Queensland titles.
A relative newcomer to the sport, Jacob Bainbridge lines up in his first national championships.
Bainbridge will be jostling with 60 fellow competitors for one of eight places in the 14 boys final.
“I’d just like to make the final. I’d be happy with that,” he said.
The club’s competitors get their first feel of the track at the pre-titles meeting which begins at the Cairns BMX Club on Wednesday.
The first day of racing is on Thursday, with the titles wrapping up on Saturday with the Cruiser class.
Halter said he was impressed with the response from the club’s riders.
“It’s great to have so many competitors going up (to Cairns),” Halter said.