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Championships victory is special for Mahuika

A win at the BMX Victoria Open State Championships was ‘‘something special’’ for Shepparton BMX Club’s Lance Mahuika.

HANNAH DRISCOLL November 30, 2012 4:10am

Shepparton BMX Club’s Jamie Mahuika, Lance Mahuika, Shaun Cuthbert and Cooper Bromley all had podium finishes at the state championships.

A win at the BMX Victoria Open State Championships was ‘‘something special’’ for Shepparton BMX Club’s Lance Mahuika.

The state titles ran from last Friday to Sunday at Knox and Mahuika won gold in the 45 to 49 men’s 20-inch and took home bronze in the 45 to 49 men’s cruiser class.

But it was not that long ago that the sport which he loves nearly took his life.

In 2007, just days out from the Australian titles, Mahuika misjudged a jump at practice, went over the handlebars head first and broke his neck.

He made his return to the sport the following year and won the 45 to 49 men’s 20-inch class at the Victorian titles in 2008, as well as a silver in the 45 to 49 men’s cruiser class, the same classes he won gold and bronze in this year.

Mahuika admitted the accident had changed the way he rode.

‘‘I’ve pulled back a lot more than I used to. When I hadn’t done it, I went a lot harder,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s nice to get around and that win on the weekend was something special.’’

The Victorian titles were particularly special for the family as Mahuika’s son Jamie won the 19 to 24 men’s 20-inch class and 19 to 29 men’s cruiser.

Fellow Shepparton club member Shaun Cuthbert finished runner-up in the latter class and said Jamie Mahuika had pipped him on the last corner.

Cooper Bromley came third in the 12-year-old boys and said he did not expect to do as well as he did.

Bromley said it was his good performances on the corners that helped him finish on the podium.

Shepparton BMX Club riders Shari, Tea and Bryan Kennedy, Tim Austin, Mikala and Chad Littlejohn, Mikayla Hammond, Gian Renato, Levi Collins and Catherine Meredith all made the final eight in their classes.

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