Maryborough racers taking on the world
A TINY BMX club from country Queensland might just become the toast of the entire world next week.
Five riders from the Maryborough BMX Club will make the trip to the world titles in New Zealand - after eight qualified.
The club's president, Jason Rufus, said Australia's best 16 riders in each age group were given the opportunity to go.
So why is it that such a small club in Maryborough - with a rider-base half the size of the bigger clubs - produced so many national representatives?
"We've implemented a lot of strategies to help the kids in the past four years - we've got a proper coaching set-up and we've spent a lot of money on our facility to make it one of the best in the country," Rufus said.
By comparison, the club had one rider qualify in 2012 and in 2011.
He said competition would be fierce but believed the Maryborough club was a chance of bringing home a few world plates.
As part of the experience, the children and teenagers will race on a specially created track within a 12,000-seat stadium.