RIDERS IN AWESOME BACK-FLIP DISPLAYS

A PERFECT 10 is what local BMX 'jam' organisers Eythan Lewis-Heselwood and Tamika Bowen were looking for at Saturday's Christmas competition.

It's the pair's second time hosting the event which encourages youths to come dressed as Santa and show off their skills on either a bike or scooter.

Bowen said the young couple do it to bring kids together with a similar hobby.

"Eythan rides and we just thought, hey, let's make an actual event for this awesome lot," she said.

"Last year was our first and we had about 30 kids come down so weexpected it to be bigger and better and to make it an annual thing."

The 'jam' competition was broken into three categories, ages six-10, 11-16, and 16 and over and chosen in a variety of factors like style and flow.

Lewis-Heselwood said he was impressed with the skill level this year had brought.

"The judges have been really wowed because everyone's killin' it," he said.

"We've seen flares and back-flips and I can just tell that these kids are going to be professional riders in the future and hopefully getting sponsors to get paid to do what they love."

The event almost didn't go ahead though, facing some monetary and council issues.

"We called up the council months ago and got the all ok but just a week after they told us we'd have to pay an application fee to use the skate park which we just couldn't afford," Miss Bowen said.

"It was through a good gesture of a council worker that paid it for us out of her own money."

The pair also received donated prizes from M1 cycles, Colony BMX and Kin Kora Meats supplied them with the sausage sizzle, to make the day a cracker.

By next year's 'jam', event organisers would love to see the council supply sun shades so the kids can train for longer.

"This is one to put in the diary for next year," Lewis-Heselwood said.

rosie.obrien@gladstoneobserver.com.au



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