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.
Every picture tells a story and every treasured object has a memory — this is the message behind a call to find Shepparton memorabilia for display.
Police investigating a break and enter at a Mulwala club more than 10 years ago are renewing their appeal for public assistance by releasing an image of a person they believe has information to assist them.
Tatura’s Victory Hall is set for a big year as preparations get under way to celebrate the hall’s 90th birthday in September.
Former district resident and award-winning television producer Joanna Werner will no doubt be shopping for a glitzy gown ahead of the Emmy Awards in New York on February 20.
Rochester Secondary College school captains Dom Atley and Tim Poole have been accepted to study biomedical science in the first step towards becoming doctors.
Will it be Merrigum or Lancaster?
Fire destroys key public buildings in Seymour
Finley Henry Matheson was bestowed one of the highest Australia Day honours.
Heathcote Hostel residents were treated to a visit from Heathcote’s favourite horse, Sub Zero, as part of Australia Day celebrations.
Recent weather conditions have come as a mixed blessing for farmers, with high rainfall and humidity providing a respite for irrigators as well as difficult growing and picking conditions for fruit growers.
Darren McLoughlin only started playing croquet seven years ago.
From orchards to harvest to shelves, a new exhibition will celebrate the Goulburn Valley’s iconic fruit industry. The Photos of the Fruit Industry exhibition will run as part of the SheppARTon Festival in March and aims to share memories and history of an industry that has shaped the region.
Former Benalla footballer Tom Rockliff has been named captain of the Brisbane Lions Football Club.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.