Sport

Jack riding high after new deal

JACK Terry is adamant he is going places. 

Maryborough BMX racer Jack Terry gets some air time.
Maryborough BMX racer Jack Terry gets some air time. Angela Browning

And now the exciting young BMX rider has a team willing to do what it takes to get him there.

The Maryborough rising star will next year race for GHP BMX Australia after the 14-year-old was announced as the inaugural member of the new factory team yesterday.

Jack was one of three riders named in the PKR-run team, with Victorian state champion Jed Seipolt and current Australian and Oceanic junior elite champion Jade Parker, a former Bundaberg member, also selected.

With factory backing, the Aldridge State High School student is confident he can become a bigger threat on the national circuit and has vowed to do everything he can to repay the faith shown in him.

"GHP is a highly ranked bike in America and one of the biggest well-known frames over there," Jack said. "Being part of a factory team will also be a big help support-wise with racing, especially having the older people on the team.

"When it comes to the higher-level stuff, they have more experience and can help with some of my track skills and improve my racing when I get older and eventually become a faster rider."

Jack has had an impressive year on the bike which has seen him gain entry into the BMXA Development Academy.

This year he came runner-up in the National Champbikx Series (14-year boys) to earn himself a place on the Australian Junior Trans Tasman Test team.

Last year he rode in the UCI BMX World Championships, making it through to the quarter-finals in his age division.

PKR owner Phil Kaye said GHP BMX Australia was committed to fostering and nurturing some of the country's most promising young riders.

"For us, we wanted to build a team with riders we can work with for the future and that's why we've taken on a young team of riders who are hitting the scene and need an extra bit of support," he said.

"If you think about the costs involved with motocross, well the cost for BMX in terms of travel and accommodation is quite the same."

Jack's ultimate goal is to ride in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Kaye was hopeful he would be flying the GHP flag as well as the Australian flag.

"My hope is it will be a long relationship and that we are able to develop a rider, not only great on the track, but a great role model off the track with the kids," he said.

"Jack already is (a role model) in a sense and it would be great to get him to national and world glory."

Jack's first ride since joining GHP BMX Australia will be in less than three weeks at Nerang, where he will have his work cut out for him.

The Maryborough BMX Club member will contest three events in two days, including the opening two rounds of the 2015 National Champbikx Series and the second leg of the Trans Tasman Test series.



UPDATE: Asbestos causes havoc for Coast business owners

CLOSED: Pleading for some empathy from the Fraser Coast Council, Raylene and Mick Draper from Coffie Fixx in Adelaide Street, Maryborough, wait for answers on the discovery of asbestos outside their shop.

The business was closed due to asbestos

Police reveal grim reality of job: coming home never a given

REMEMBRANCE SERVICE: Queensland police officers and staff members march from the service.

The service honoured officers who have died and those who serve.

Ever tried calisthenics? Now's your chance

Fraser Coast Calisthenics Club is holding a mini tombola and dance display at Maryborough Town Hall on Sunday 20 July.
Doors open 1.30pm for 2pm start.

"The community doesn't realise the discipline that goes into it."

Local Partners

Cliff Richard to release 101st album

Sir Cliff Richard's album cover

Sir Cliff Richard is to release his 101st album

CMC Rocks faces fan backlash over date change, headliners

The 10th annual CMC Rocks festival will be headlined by The Dixie Chicks.

FANS are not happy about festival being pushed back by two weeks.

Kim Kardashian West attacked by man trying to kiss her bottom

Vitalii Sediuk targeted Gigi Hadid last week

Madonna poses naked in solidarity with Katy Perry

Madonna posted her own nude selfie on Instagram

Carlos Santana added to Bluesfest 2017 line up

Carlos Santana at Bluesfest 2013.

Calling all local black magic women

Disney to remake 'The Lion King', and it's live-action

The Lion King is coming back to movie theatres

And this time it's going to be live-action.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Huge Gunalda service station set to open by December

NEW STATION: The Gunalda Service Centre, owned by United Petroleum, will include a 350-seat eating area and a truckers lounge.

The massive servo is the biggest United development in Queensland.

Property leader says Fraser Coast market is looking up

Positivity is the buzz word in the Fraser Coast housing market

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual