It has been a fantastic year for the Waitakere BMX Club.
We have had some outstanding performances from our riders with a special mention to Toni Jones who took out both the 20” and Cruiser class at the SI Titles and the the NZ Nationals. Toni’s heading off to compete at the Worlds in just over a week so we wish her all the best in her efforts.
The track has held up really well through the season and I believe this is the first season in a couple of years that we have not had any disruptions. We have concentrated no how the track is riding which has meant we haven’t completed some of the other side jobs yet. We still have work to do a pump track in conjunction with the council, removal of old containers, and a new start gate roof. Some of these require additional funding which we have been applying for through-out the year.
During the season we successfully hosted our annual Super 6 meet and the final round of the Northern Region Race Series. While numbers were down on entries for the event all feedback from riders and spectators was very positive.
Our numbers have continued to rise steadily over the last year and at last count we are now at 82 members. We’ve lost a few to other clubs throughout the year, but at the same time we have also gained raiders from other clubs. With a healthy member base and a settled committee we are going to look at increasing our numbers further and plan on hosting an open day at the start of the new season to try and attract new riders from the surrounding schools and area.
There has been a really good club atmosphere around the club and at the meets attended. Seeing the younger riders supporting each other and pushing each other to be the best the can has been a real highlight throughout the season.
I’d like to make a special mention of this years Nationals. Our club had an exceptional turn-out this year with riders coming home with 19 top 10 finishes and 4 National titles. Toni James took out the the NZ title on both the 20” and Cruiser classes, while Softy Wi took out his Cruiser class and Marc Edwards the 20” class. The New Plymouth track put on a fantastic event, and all riders who competed should be incredibly proud of their efforts. We’re looking forwards to seeing a lot of WTK National plates riding the tracks next season!
Thanks to all the club members that have helped out throughout the season at working bees, in the canteen, points hut, call-up and various other jobs around the track. As always the club relies on volunteers.
A special mention has to go out to the following people;
Chris, Simon and Michelle have really bought the canteen back to life with new menus, and providing a reliable service. Chris has also done a stellar effort at starting on some landscaping around the track which is helping to brighten the place up and prevent dirt runoff.
Leesa and Darren have done a great job of getting new club race jerseys, merchandise and implementing an updated website.
Lexi has been a regular in the registration hut and on call-up most race nights.
Paul and Phil have really taken control of the track and it’s surrounds with a massive effort and time spent getting everything working. Fences have been replaced, a new starters box added and improvements to the tracks flow. As well as the track work Paul has also been invaluable as a coach for our riders providing his time to coach the Nationals training squad.
Toni James helped to ease the load taking over as a coach for our Sprockets, Junior and Intermediate squads.
Steve has stepped into the secretary role and I now no longer have to deal with the hundred of emails so thanks!
Once again we have struggled with getting helpers to our working bees. These are critical to providing our members with a track they can ride. On the whole we had the same 6-8 people showing up each time and by the end they were getting pretty exhausted and burnt out. Luka McGhie was fantastic this season and was often at the track before Paul which is quite a feat.
If anyone is able to assist in anyway during the season for some of the running tasks your help is always appreciated. A lot of the jobs don’t require a lot of commitment or attendance at meetings.
Once again thanks to everyone who has made the past season one of the most successful in our recent history!
Gareth Lauchlan - President