09 Jul 2014
Minister for Sport, Recreation and Racing
Four Northern Territory BMX riders will represent Australia at the UCI World Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands later this month.
The Jingili BMX riders; Ryan York-Morris (14), Jayde Freeman (15), Ian Orr (9), Mickayla Perkins (11) are the first Territory riders to compete at a World Championships in Europe.
“For the Territory to be represented at such a huge event by not one but four riders is a fantastic achievement,” said Minister for Sport, Recreation and Racing Matt Conlan.
“The World Championships in Europe will feature all the top riders and to be selected to represent Australia is a great honour for Ryan, Jayde, Ian and Mickayla.
“BMX is a growing sport that has boomed in the last couple of years especially since it became an Olympic sport. It has a huge following in the Top End and is going from strength to strength.
“The Territory Government has contributed $300,000 to help upgrade the Jingili BMX facility and new roof, and it is great that our Territory world championships riders have been able to use the new track as part of their preparations.
“I wish Ryan, Jayde, Ian and Mickayla all the best as they go for gold for Australia.”
The group have been training for the event for several months and this week was lucky enough to receive some coaching from 2012 BMX Olympic Semi-finalist, Khalen Young.
Ryan York-Morris will be riding two classes at the World Championships including the Aged - 20" bike and 13 -14 Boys Cruiser bike, which he is currently ranked second in Australia for. Ryan is in some of the best form of his career having won his age group at the QLD Open meet in Nerang last weekend.
Jayde Freeman will be competing in the 15yr Girls aged 20" class having made it to the Semi-finals at the Australian Nationals earlier this year. Ian Orr is currently ranked 6th in Australia in the 9yr Boys Class and will be competing in this class at the World titles.
Mickayla Perkins is currently ranked 8th in Australia for 11 girls on a 20" bike and 8th in Australia for 13 and under Cruiser Bike, and will be competing in both events at the world titles.
The four riders will travel to Rotterdam next week with the World titles to be held at the Rotterdam Ahoy Arena in The Netherlands from 23-27 July. The Territory Government has assisted the riders to travel to the event with a $2,000 grant each.
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