National titles a chance to bring glory home

ROUGH: BMX secretary Sharon Jenkinson said the Proserpine BMX track is in need of a massive refurbishment.
ROUGH: BMX secretary Sharon Jenkinson said the Proserpine BMX track is in need of a massive refurbishment. Jacob Wilson

Like many other sporting grounds around the Whitsunday region, Cyclone Debbie had little to no mercy, and the Proserpine BMX track was no different.

Flood lights have been destroyed, power lines have fallen, the canteen roof suffered damage and the track requires a massive refurbishment job for racers to safely ride again.

However, with National Titles to commence in Brisbane from this weekend, five local races have the opportunity to bring glory home to the Proserpine BMX club.

Taylor Kerr, Byron Chauntler, William Allan, Vernon Dries and Peter Little will head to the Sleeman Sports Complex Centre in Brisbane on April 23-30.

The five riders have represented Proserpine in national titles for a number of years, and BMX club secretary Sharon Jenkinson holds high hopes for them.

"These guys have actually been to nationals for a couple of years now and they have all rode pretty well, last year was the last time we didn't come home with a plate," she said.

"They are excited and always do their best, they have been up to the Burdekin and raced up there for a one day event and attended other carnivals.

"We wish them all the best, they haven't had a lot of track time since cyclone Debbie, hopefully they will make club proud."

Jenkinson said she appreciated the community's patience regarding the condition of the Proserpine BMX track with a long road to recovery ahead.

"Unfortunately our track was hard hit and we can't race until it is back to standard," she said.

"We are just doing our best we can, if everyone could keep patient we are doing our best.

"Our treasurer is doing his best to get us grants to get us up on our feet, we are a strong little club and will be back.

"It is heart breaking to see, my kids race BMX and it was their first time here in a while and they were in tears."

Jenkinson said she expected there would be no shortage of volunteers to help bring the club back to normal once the resources became available.

"People will be happy to pitch in when they can and it will mainly be track work, we will have to roll and repair it," she said.

Jenkinson thanked council for taking the time to mow the area and prune there trees as the clubs lawn mower was destroyed due to flood damage.

State titles will also be running in Brisbane in the first week of September, which is regularly attended by Proserpine competitors.

A home carnival is also due in July, however the event will be dependant on the state of the BMX track leading up to the carnival.

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