Setbacks don't stop Samantha
THE life of a BMX racer is very much like the track – there are plenty of ups and downs.
Rockhampton BMX Club rider Samantha Thomasson experienced both the highs and lows of the sport at the recent Australian BMX Championships.
Up against Australia's top 13-year-old BMX riders, the talented youngster qualified for the final of the 13 girls in the individual race, and also suited up for Queensland for the first time.
In her opening event of the championships, Thomasson teamed up with Queensland's top emerging riders in the 13 girls Dynamite series, but, after leading at the first corner, she crashed, finishing sixth.
She then had another setback during the 13 girls final when her chain fell off, putting Thomasson out of contention.
She finished in eighth position, before her final race, the 13-14 cruiser final where she finished in seventh position.
While none of the club's competitors finished with a medal, club president Brett Halter was pleased with Thomasson and all the Rockhampton competitors.
“While she might be disappointed with the way her races went, to make the final at the Australian Championships is a great achievement,” club president Brett Halter said.
“She's in the top eight racers in her age group in the country.”
Thomasson was joined in the finals by younger brother Scott and club mates Erin Rook and the senior rider of the group Josh Hurt, who finished fifth in the 17-24 Cruiser men's final.
“For the Thomassons and Erin Rook it's the first time they've collected an Australian plate – and it was Sam's first time at the nationals so it's a big achievement,” Halter said.
“It was certainly a great team effort.”
Following their performance at the nationals, the Rockhampton BMX Club competitors are gearing up for the club's own two-day carnival this weekend, beginning at noon on Saturday.
More than 200 riders from Central Queensland will fight it out for $1000 in prize money across the two days.