24 October, 2022

Success at states propels riders to nationals

RIDERS from the Atherton BMX Club will be packing their bags and travelling down to Launceston to compete in the Auscycling BMX National Championships after the club’s recent success at the state titles.

Atherton BMX riders who attended the 2022 Auscycling Queensland BMX State Titles
Atherton BMX riders who attended the 2022 Auscycling Queensland BMX State Titles

The state titles attracted more than 800 entries from all corners of Queensland at the end of September, including 37 riders from the Atherton BMX Club, five of which will continue on to compete at nationals.

The two-day state event saw riders meet fierce competition and experience the thrills and spills the sport is renowned for first-hand.

With only three motos to make qualifiers, the pursuit of a prestigious “state plate” proved challenging but it was all smiles from Natalie Eakin, Chloe Eakin, Krystal Gauci, Sharon Kootoofa, Andrew Moses and Helen Gauci who added sought after podium placings to their 2022 BMX accolades.

Mother-daughter duo Natalie and Chloe Eakin brought home an impressive first and second in their age classes, respectively while another set of mother-daughter riders, Helen and Krystal Gauci, both seized 3rd in their classes – Krystal also brought home a second in the cruiser class.

A total of 14 state plates came home with the Atherton riders.

With the state competition done for 2022, most local riders will be taking a well-earned break from champion-ship competitions but local siblings Cayden and Krystal Gauci, together with Natalie Eakin and children Chloe and Aidan have one more major event to attend - the Aus-cycling BMX National Championships.

The five riders head south in late November, this time to the apple isle and the city of Launceston where they will come head-to-head with the best BMX riders from across the country.


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