Jake Rice
Jake Rice

Fantastic four

SAWTELL BMX club almost have too many State plates to pin on their bikes after a stellar performance at the State championships at Grafton on the weekend.

In what has been hailed the club's best ever haul at a State championship, the Sawtell club, which had 34 riders qualify for the event, won a staggering 18 State plates (rewarded to the top eight riders in a division).

Among that count were four State champions ? Jake Rice, Morgan Peen, Chantel Hickson and Keiarra Seccombe.

While it was Morgan and Jake's first State title, State success was nothing new to Chantel, who claimed her fourth No. 1 plate.

Both boys set themselves a goal to win the State championships early this year and were excited by their victories.

"I was aiming for a top three finish, so I was really happy to win," Morgan said.

Jake had been talking about how good the No.1 plate would look on his bike for a while, and was just as happy to have one to put on his frame.

"I worked a bit harder before the State championships and it was pretty good to win it," Jake said.

Chantel, who also owns No.1 Australian and No. 4 world plates, was a little less excited than her club mates.

"That was the fourth time I have won it (a State championship), so I was pretty confident," she said.

Keiarra's performance was also an incredible one.

Racing against girls one year her senior, Keiarra fell in the final, but still had a large enough overall points lead to ensure she claimed the No.1.

However, the fall did stop her competing in the AA women's final, which she had qualified third in.

"That has been our overall best result since I have been involved with the club," club secretary Joanne Rice said.

"Our numbers at club night are steadily building and that gives the riders more competition."

The plates weren't the only awards handed out to the club, with Joanne honoured for her work as race commissaire at the National and World championships.

She was named NSW official of the month and now has a chance at winning the 'official of the year' title.

"It was very nice, but I was a bit stunned, especially because we are a minority sport," she said.

State title results


Jake Rice, 9 years boys Morgan Peen, 10 yrs boys Chantel Hickson, 11 yrs girls Keiarra Seccombe, 16 yrs girls.

State Plate winners: Terry Crossland, 2nd, 50+ yrs cruiser Morgan Peen, 2nd, 8-10 cruiser Jake Rice, 3rd, 8-10 cruiser Kyriae Berglund, 3rd, 12 yrs girls Amy Buckley, 4th, 12 years girls Karan Berglund, 4th, master women's cruiser Troy Bromley, 5th, 30-34 master cruiser Jacinta Rice, 5th, junior ladies cruiser Natalie Cowley, 5th, master ladies cruiser Jacinta Rice, 6th, 12 yrs girls Jake Longhurst, 7th, 10 yrs boys Brenton Scruse, 7th, 30-34 challenge men Keiarra Seccombe, 8th, AA women Jake Gardiner, 8th, 11-12 cruiser.

STATE SEMI-FINALISTS: Nathan Dyson, 9th, 10 yrs boys Steven Longhurst, 9th, 16 yrs boys Dylan Berglund, 10th, 16 yrs boys Jake Cook, 13th, 11 yrs boys Jake Gardiner, 14th, 12 yrs boys Joshua Higgins, 15th, 14 yrs boys.

OTHER COMPETITORS: Billy Longhurst, sprocket rockets* Jake Bromley, sprocket rockets* Dean Bull, 8 yrs boys Malachi Scruse, 8 yrs boys Jordan Dyson, 9 yrs boys Thomas Gardiner, 9 yrs boys Hayden Cowley, 10 yrs boys Jake Buckley, 10 yrs boys Michael Crilley, 11 yrs boys Mitchell Sutton, 14 yrs boys David Graham, 15 yrs boys David Marshall, AA men. * No final places awarded in sprocket rockets

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