DONNA Allan couldn't help but let her emotions flow after watching her son Campbell storm to victory at the Maryborough Open Day on Sunday.
It was a heartfelt moment for the proud Hervey Bay mother, none more so than when she started to tear-up while posing for a photo with Campbell and his father Rohan.
After being beaten by world No.6 plater-holder Callum Howarth by the barest of margins in the nine years boys final, Campbell turned the tables on his Ashmore rival, recording his fastest time of the weekend to convincingly win the Nuttie Nines.
Campbell has been riding at Maryborough BMX Club for 18 months, but is in the midst of a purple patch having won at the Central Queensland zone titles just seven days earlier.
Riding every bump as Campbell continues to enhance his skills are his parents, who were trackside on Sunday as the Yarrilee State School student crossed the finish line first.
Although Campbell has enjoyed a dream start to his BMX career, Donna said it hasn't always been a smooth ride.
"Six weeks ago when he was riding at Biloela, he came out of his clips and he was just so devastated," she said.
"His face, he was so upset."
But it's moments like the one on Sunday that make it all worthwhile.
"He works hard and is so determined. He's super focussed and has got his eye on the prize and is going for it," Donna said.
Campbell, who followed his older brother Mackenzie into the sport, was one of a handful of Maryborough BMX Club riders to taste success at the Open Day, which attracted a record 500 riders and awarded a total of $7000 in prizemoney.
In front of about 2000 spectators, Jack Terry (14 years boys) and Teya Rufus (eight years girls) won their respective age groups, while Mathew Toms turned in one of his best rides to finish runner-up in the 13-14 years boys' cruiser.
Teya also became the latest person to add her name to the Tyson Luck Memorial Trophy, awarded to the fastest eight year old local rider, while Harrison Browning didn't leave empty-handed, taking out the Frank Langer Memorial Trophy for being the fastest 12 year old.
Bundaberg product Jade Parker held off a stern challenge from Beenleigh's Chelsea King to be crowned the pro open women's champion, while Redlands' Luke Hombsch won the pro open men's final ahead of Bundaberg up-and-comer Connor Pratt and Caboolture's Jayce Cunning.