There will be a local face amongst the huge crowd when Greater Shepparton hosts the 2019 BMX Australia National Championships from May 20 to 25.
Secretary of BMX Victoria and Seymour local Pam Beerens will be an official at the event and is urging everyone to come and check out the action.
The event is the third of its kind in the Goulburn Valley within a decade with Shepparton having hosted the 2010 and 2014 championships.
Recent upgrades to the Shepparton track and its surrounds, including new lighting and a larger start hill, paved the way for hosting the event, which will see more than 4000 competitors, officials, supporters and family members descend upon the region.
A member of the Park Orchards BMX Club, Pam said she became involved with BMX when her two children took an interest in the sport.
‘‘I’ve been involved in some capacity since 1992. My children are in their 30s and don’t ride anymore but I’m still loving being involved,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s a great culture and one great big family. I’ve worked at 25 national championships, three world titles and loved every minute of it.’’
Pam said BMX was an Olympic sport but not one people heard a lot about.
‘‘It’s free entry for spectators so I encourage people to come and see what it’s all about,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s action-packed every day but the pros will be out on May 25, so that’s a great time to see the best of the best.
‘‘And if people like it, anyone can get involved. There are 17 BMX clubs in Victoria that are always happy to take on new members.’’
For more information, head to bmxaustralia.com.au/event/2019-bmx-australia-national-championships