CHRISTMAS JAM: Matt Jenkin, Eythan Lewis and Tamika Bowen are all hoping Christmas Jam is a big hit in its second year when the BMX competition hits Gladstone Skate Park.
CHRISTMAS JAM: Matt Jenkin, Eythan Lewis and Tamika Bowen are all hoping Christmas Jam is a big hit in its second year when the BMX competition hits Gladstone Skate Park. Jake Jones

Freestyle BMX organisers prepare for the rush

A YEAR ago, Tamika Bowen and Eythan Lewis ran a freestyle BMX competition which took them by surprise with the interest it created in such a short time span.

This Saturday, they hope to be more prepared.

Expecting 35-40 people to turn up to the 'Christmas Jam' at Gladstone Skate Park, the pair is keen to make it an annual event, after noticing a lack of competition locally in the sport.

"This is the second year. The first was really good, people turned up and had a blast," Lewis said.

"There are some in Rockhampton and a couple in Brisbane, but nothing here."

While Lewis is keen to test his skills as much as possible in the competitive form of freestyle BMX, it is not aimed directly at his demographic.

Lewis and Bowen want to keep the Christmas Jam exactly that, running it in the holidays to make sure kids are able to attend.

"The main reason we are doing it is to give kids something to do and it is fun and different," Bowen said.

"We have prizes for them donated by M1 Cycles and Colony BMX."

The assistance is a welcome help after supporting the competition out of their own pockets last time around.

A barbecue is running at the event, and Bowen said she would love to see people even if they are not going to compete.

"Hopefully families see it and come down," she said.

"We want everyone to dress up as anything Christmas.

"The boys did it last year and the kids loved it. They were in Santa suits and all."

There are three competition categories on the day, with a host of prizes for each.

In addition to the 6-10, 11-15 and 16-plus age groups, there is also a prize for someone who has wowed the judges.

"M1 have given a prize for the most deserving, so that will be a good one," Bowen said.

Christmas Jam:

  • Where: Gladstone Skate Park
  • When: Saturday all day, competition 11-3
  • Who: Everyone who wants to participate


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