It's a long way from Terrigal to Shepparton, but 15 members of Terrigal BMX Club are hoping it's all worth it when they take to the track for the national championships this week.MATTHEW GALEA April 29, 2014 3:05am
Shepparton BMX track is buzzing with activity ahead of BMX Australia’s National Championships that start today.
More than 1300 riders have registered to take part in the event, with 74 per cent of those coming from outside Victoria.
A small percentage of that number is made up of members from the Terrigal BMX Club — with riders from the club arriving since Friday night.
Terrigal — which is based on NSW’s Central Coast — is almost a nine-hour drive from Shepparton, but that hasn’t stopped more than 15 members from making the journey.
Club president Andrew Spivey said there was plenty of excitement among the group.
‘‘It’s a big thing for all the riders. It’s the pinnacle of the year,’’ Spivey said.
‘‘I guess it’s defining who’s going to make that top 16 and go to worlds.
‘‘We’ve all come down, we’ve all driven over different days and everyone has aimed to be here by Monday with everything kicking off (today), but it’s always quite nice coming down south than going north.’’
The club will be represented in a range of age groups and classes, with riders ranging from Kyne Baird, 5, and 50-plus Perry Wall.
Spivey said his club would have a number of riders to look out for and the McNamara family, comprised of Rory, Angus, Clare and Erin, usually performed quite well.
Spivey will race in the 40-45 Cruiser Men category on Sunday.
Gates open at 10.30
Practice will continue tomorrow as well as pre-titles.
Thursday will be a national series round and an Oceania Championship round will be on that night from 5.20
Each division will have three motos and finals and is expected to finish at 8.30
Friday will be all about 20-inch with National Challenge Classes starting at 9.10
On Saturday the elite classes will go at it for the National Championship, with action starting at 10
Sunday will close out the event with the 24-inch cruiser classes.
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
History is recorded to inspire the next generation, author John Northage said at the launch of, Mending the Goulburn Broken, in Shepparton last week.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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