Kiwi BMX mission
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
HAVING lost only three BMX races in the Northern NSW Zone over the last four years, Morgan Peen is fast building a record of success that is second to none.
The 11 year-old can now add another fine achievement to his resume after being selected to represent Australia against New Zealand in the upcoming Trans-Tasman series to be held over the June long weekend.
Being the Northern NSW zone champion for each of the last four years, as well as the current state champion, Peen is one of only five riders selected for the national team.
Even more amazingly, the annual series which is being held in Tamworth, has only for people in Peen's age group.
This means that had Peen not been selected, he wouldn't have got another chance in future years to represent his country on home soil.
The team wasn't selected through the usual trial process, instead all prospective riders were given the opportunity to submit a resume of their performances.
Luckily for Peen, his father Michael had kept a record of every race that Peen had ridden since he was eight years-old.
Hand in a resume that shows only three losses in four years and it's hard for a selection panel to ignore it.
When young Peen received the letter informing him of his selection, his father said "He was more excited than when Santa Claus came."
The young rider agreed.
"I was really excited," he said.
"It's easily the best achievement I've had so far.
"Now I'm just looking forward to it and I'm going to be there to kick some Kiwi butt."