SISTERS TO TAKE ON THE WORLD
BMX: It will be a case of the famous Aretha Franklin classic Sisters are doin' it for themselves when it comes to a Gladstone duo.
Harbour City BMX Club sisters Paige and Taniah Guymer are currently in the US preparing for the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships in Rock Hill, South Carolina from July 25-30.
Both will represent Australia with the 14-year-old Paige set to ride in both the 14 Girls and 16 Girls and Under Cruiser categories while Taniah will ride in the 9 Girls.
Paige said she his ready to take on some of the best riders in the world.
"Preparations have been great, probably the best yet and training has prepared us physically and mentally for racing at this level,” she said.
The early part of the racing is important and riders can set themselves up for the frenetic stages.
"In order to qualify for the semi-finals and the finals, you must first three race motos and be in the top 16 to qualify for the semi-finals, then the top four in each semi-final qualify for the final,” Paige said.
Paige aims to use her greatest attributes in the elite US competition.
"My strengths are my explosive power out of the gate and my pure effort in each ride I partake in,” she said.
While this event will be a huge moment, Paige said that this is just the beginning.
She is setting high expectations.
"I am aiming to at least make the semi-finals and qualify for the finals from there,” Paige said.
She added that she and has received great guidance.
"My coach John Smart, my parents and all of my friends have given me their support,” Paige said.
"Also, my sponsors at Crisp Bros Racing for providing me with the appropriate gear to fight for this year's world championships.”
Taniah said she will enjoy the experience and is bullish about her chances as well.
"My aggression on the track and friendship off the track,” Taniah said of her strengths and what she is looking forward to.
The youngster said Paige has helped her a lot and there is no friendly friction between the pair.
"There is no rivalry as we don't race in the same age group and in fact we try to help each other as much as we can,” Taniah said.