Yeppoon teen selected for Australian junior BMX squad
IT'S BEEN a whirlwind few days for Yeppoon State High student Adam de Nys.
The talented BMX rider was on Tuesday shocked to hear of his selection in the six-man Australian junior men's squad to compete at the 2014 UCI BMX World Championships in Rotterdam next month.
While de Nys finished sixth overall in the 2014 national series and sixth at the Australian championships, he never expected to be included in the team which will take on the world's best riders at the world championships from July 22-27. "I honestly don't know how I got selected," de Nys said after completing an English exam at school yesterday.
"I placed sixth at the nationals and sixth in the Australian series, but there was a process you had to go through to nominate for the world championships and I didn't do that.
"But they came back to me and I was named in the team. (When I found out) I got really excited about it."
De Nys was yesterday organising a passport, planning fundraising activities and chasing sponsorship to help get to Rotterdam in such short notice.
The 18-year-old will join a 23-member Australian team, which includes world No.1 Caroline Buchanan and Olympic silver medallist Sam Willoughby; and 2012 London Olympics competitor Lauren Reynolds.
When Rockhampton BMX Club member Paul Hegarty heard de Nys was selected in the team, he dropped everything.
He felt compelled to ensure the Yeppoon State High School student took the opportunity. "It's about five or six grand to get over there and I'm on a mission to get him over there," Rockhampton BMX Club member Hegarty said.
"He's a good young kid, he works hard, and for a kid like him I'm more than willing to put myself out there to give him the opportunity he deserves."
Hegarty was busy yesterday contacting potential sponsors throughout Australia to help de Nys get to Rotterdam.
De Nys's mum Karen, a former South Australian state BMX coach, said she planned to help raise the money to ensure Adam could make it to the championships, which start in five weeks. "We're going to try and send him over there," she said.
"We're looking for a bit of help, but we're going to try and get as much funds together as we possibly can in the next couple of weeks.
"It's probably too good an opportunity for him to pass up so we're going to try and do whatever we can to raise the funds to get him there."
Rockhampton BMX Club is holding its annual Rocky Rumble race meet this weekend at the Hollingsworth St track.
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