She did it. . . Aida Begg (10) brought home the Kaitangata Black Gold BMX Club’s first national ranking, and it has only taken the small club two years to do it.
Aida was competing along with seven other club members at the BMX New Zealand National Championships in Christchurch over the long weekend.
Team manager Marty Hurring said it all came down to her final qualifying race on Sunday morning. “Aida had to finish in the top three of her qualifying heat to make the final. She had to beat two girls from Southland and she did, racing to a solid third place and she was in the final.
“Everyone from the club who had travelled up to Christchurch, parents, grandparents and fellow riders, were cheering her on.
“The standard of racing at the nationals is at a whole another level of fitness and competition..
‘‘There were over 500 riders there, every rider focused on getting one of the prestigious national number plates and to do that you have to make the finals.’’
But Mr Hurring said that when Aida lined up in the final on Sunday afternoon it was already 29degC and the nor’wester was blowing hard in Christchurch.
“It was stifling for the kids racing — the ambulances were busy not only coping with the intensity of racing but also with riders succumbing to the heat
— but Aida managed an eighth place in her last race of the event. In doing so became the first Kaitangata rider to achieve this.
“We are all so proud of her as she holds the New Zealand number plate No 8 for her age group.
“It means she can carry the plate number in all competitions until the next New Zealand champs, which will be held in Easter 2021 in Rotorua.’’
New Zealand›ranked plate numbers are only awarded at the nationals which are usually held at Easter, and are awarded only to the top eight finishers in the finals of each age category.
In the 10 boys’ semifinals, Kaitangata’s Cooper Harvey (9) came home with an 11th ranking and Ryan Hurring (9) 16th.
Other results were Reid McDonald
(9) 19th in 9›year›old boys and Nathan Peoples (16) who was ninth in the 16›year›old boys. Bryden Begg (7) also rode well. Mr Hurring said it was an amazing team effort as the small club had only been competing on the big stage for two years.