Young Shepparton BMX Club rider Tayla Robinson has left her rivals in her wake at the ACT Championships.OLIVER CAFFREY March 6, 2014 4:05am
Shepparton BMX Club members Andre Renato, Mikala Littlejohn, Chad Littlejohn, Tayla Robinson and Asha Rees are gearing up for the Australian titles after a major event in Canberra.
The future looks bright at Shepparton BMX Club.
Several young guns put in impressive performances during the ACT Championships at Canberra BMX’s track in Melba at the weekend.
Tayla Robinson, who only joined the club last year, blitzed the field to win her eight-year-old girls’ section by more than four seconds.
Her weekend was topped off by a meeting with five-time world champion and Olympic finalist Caroline Buchanan.
Shepparton BMX Club representative Levi Collins said although Robinson was young, she was showing plenty of potential.
‘‘It was a good confidence booster for her, I’ve definitely seen heaps of improvement from her since she’s come to the club — she’s always here at training and every race night, like a lot of the other people,’’ Collins said.
Collins said there were some high quality races during the event, with several professionals competing in the open categories.
‘‘There were probably around 500 riders, so all the classes were jam-packed with lots of guys having semi and quarter-final races,’’ Collins said.
‘‘Everyone who is anyone was there because we all use it as a lead-up to the Australian titles to see where they’re all at.’’
Other riders to compete were Mikala Littlejohn, who finished third behind Robinson, while Asha Rees placed eighth in the same final.
Chad Littlejohn put in a solid performance in his Cruiser final to place eighth, while Jayden Rees and Cooper Bromley narrowly missed out on progresssing from the semi-finals.
Andre Renato raced to sixth in the eight-year-old boys’ event.
Shaun Cuthbert and Collins also made finals in their senior races, with the latter finishing fifth in the AA men.
Shepparton Swans and Benalla both had altered coaching panels for the Goulburn Valley Football League grand final rematch on Saturday.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
Anyone yet to experience the sport of croquet is welcome to come along to the Rich River club lawns on Sunday to try it out.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Penalty goal spells heartbreak.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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