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City secures State BMX Championships

News Article Date: 
Sunday, 7 October 2018

One of the biggest BMX events in the country is heading to Warrnambool next month.

The 2018 BMX Victoria Open State Championships are expected to attract up to 1000 of Australia’s best BMX stars from all over Victoria and interstate.

The three day event will be held from November 16-18 at the Warrnambool BMX Club.

Warrnambool City Council Visitor Economy Manager David McMahon said that securing the State Championships is a fabulous testament to Warrnambool’s capability to attract state, national and world class sporting events and is a great addition to the city’s event calendar. 

“BMX is a family friendly sport and encourages participation from all ages, so this event is a great fit for Warrnambool,” he said. 

“We expect to see around 800 participants from Victoria, 200 from interstate as well as over 1500 spectators.

“Events like this mean serious business for Warrnambool. They attract tourists, keep local businesses busy, provide branding benefits for the city and inspire more kids to get involved and join grassroots clubs.”

The BMX Championships will contribute to what is expected to be a busy shoulder season for the city with the inaugural Warrnambool Oktoberfest, Regional Gymnastics Championships, Warrnambool Show and the Warrnambool Gift contributing to the local economy with accommodation and hospitality providers benefiting along with the flow on effect to other businesses in the area.

BMX Victoria President Cameron Murray said that he was excited to work with the Warrnambool City Council and the Warrnambool BMX Club to host the BMX Victoria State Championships.

“The Warrnambool BMX Club facility provided the best possible infrastructure and Council support to deliver a world-class event,” he said. 

“With the recent success of Victorian riders like James Lautier and Cameron Gatt at the BMX World Championships in Baku, we look forward to delivering a fantastic state championship in Warrnambool.”

Warrnambool BMX Club President Darryl McKenna said the club was looking forward to hosting the prestigious event in November. 

“It gives us the ability to showcase our facilities and the sport to the south west community and is also a great opportunity for the club to develop capacity and earn funds to put back into the improvements of the facility,” he said.

Before the championships in November, the Warrnambool BMX Classic was held on October 7.

This incorporated Round 14 of the Victorian BMX State Series, attracting more than 350 riders looking to get track time in a competitive environment in the lead up to the state championships.

 

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