Successful times for Dunedin club – BMX

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Dunedin BMX Club has a few reasons to celebrate.
The club had a successful outing at the South Island Championship last weekend, has been named to host the event in 2019 and the upgrade to its Forrester Park track is nearly finished.
Of the 25 Dunedin riders who competed in the championship, 15 finished in the top eight and seven landed a spot on the podium.
Dunedin BMX rider Tamryn Hurren-Webster finished first in the 30+ women’s 20-inch grade and the 30+ cruiser grade.
It was her first year competing in the cruiser class, which had “good competition”, she said.
She has been riding for about 20 years and will compete at the world championships in South Carolina at the end of July.
Dunedin BMX Club member and coach Jason Wadsworth said the club’s results were an improvement on last year and were impressive considering riders had not been able to train as much due to the renovations of the Forrester Park track.
Wadsworth said the upgraded track, which would include a new ramp and starting gate, helped secure the club’s bid to host the championship in 2019.
Hosting the event will give the club something to work towards, he said.
“It will be really rewarding.”
Wadsworth hoped the South Island championship was the first step towards holding a national event which would bring about 1000 riders, plus supporters, to the city.
There will be an open day and the first major race at the track on February 12.
Riders and racers from Canterbury and the lower South Island would compete in the race to secure qualifying points for the BMXNZ Nationals at Easter.