BMX riders on track

AFTER a sensational series of results at last year's State titles in Grafton, the Sawtell BMX club have proven that their effort wasn't a fluke with an even better set of results on the weekend in this year's titles held at Penrith.

Club veteran Terry Crossland, competing at his 17th straight titles, again proved himself to be top of the tree in his class.

Crossland won his eigth state title when he gave his usual maximum effort in the 50 years and over Cruiser class.

Spending so many years at the top hasn't diminished his enthusiasm for the sport and he admits that he's 'only getting keener' with each year that he remains at the top.

Another Sawtell rider to return home with a state title under his belt was young Jake Rice who took out the 20 inch class for the 10 years and under boys.

Defending the state title that he won last year, Rice's achievement is even more incredible when you take into account that he missed out on important points when he had a fall in one of his early races.

He also managed to grab second place in the 24 inch class.

Other members of the team might not have won State titles but still managed to make the Sawtell club proud by collecting state plates for their efforts.

Morgan Peen again proved that he's a class above most riders his age finishing second in the 11 years boys section.

Amy Buckley was the club's most successfull female entrant for the weekend securing second place in both the junior women's cruiser and 13 years 20 inch class.

Not far behind her was teammate Jacinta Rice who finished fourth and third in the same competitions as Buckley.

Both girls have received an extra reward for their efforts by selected for the NSW Academy of Sport's talented athlete program.

This involves a training camp which will be held in Narrabeen at the start of December.

At this camp the pair will receive expert tutelage to help them further develop their talent.

Also selected to attend the program in Narrabeen is Peter Rice who has recently started in the role of coaching director for the Northern NSW region.

This is a reward for the many hours that he has invested in preparing the Sawtell team for the titles which is already showing tremendous benefits judging by the results achieved in Penrith.

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