Browning serves up his first national plate
HARRISON Browning says he is capable of kicking into another gear after soaring to new heights at the National BMX Championships in Brisbane.
In a dramatic final, which saw three national plate holders crash, Browning, who started on the outside, managed to avoid the carnage and went on to claim his first national plate at the Sleeman Sports Complex at Chandler .
The Maryborough BMX Club member finished fourth in the 11 years boys final, while fellow club member Alyssa Cherrie became a dual national plate holder after coming seventh in nine-year girls and fourth in the 8-10 years girl cruiser finals.
"It was scary," Browning described his final run.
"I was just going my hardest, even with people crashing in front of me, no matter what I was going flat out and it took a lot of effort to get 4A.
"It meant a lot because last year I wasn't able to go and in 2011 I only made the semis."
Sprocket rocket Teya Rufus, 7, won all four of her motos, but didn't receive a plate as riders must be aged eight to be eligible.
Eight riders from the club qualified for the world titles, but only Teya and Jack Terry will join Browning and Cherrie in representing Australia in New Zealand in July.
Browning, who aspires to riding at the Olympics, said he was determined to take his form across the Tasman.
"Going to the worlds, that's a big thing," the Tinana State School student said.
"All the top riders from every country will be going so it's going to be pretty damn hard. I'll just have to say to myself 'go for gold' and try hardest, and if I don't make it (final) I'll put all my effort in to make it."