SPECIAL TRIBUTE: April-Lyn Morton (front) will remember her son’s love of BMX at Saturday’s Ipswich Open day at West Ipswich. A memorial race is planned for April-Lyn’s son James, who died of cancer earlier this year. April-Lyn is pictured with BMX riders Jackson and Daniel Floyd, Chloe Jackson and Charlie Browne, club president Chris Schoenfisch, Mayor Paul Pisasale and committee member John Preston, at the Ipswich BMX track.
SPECIAL TRIBUTE: April-Lyn Morton (front) will remember her son’s love of BMX at Saturday’s Ipswich Open day at West Ipswich. A memorial race is planned for April-Lyn’s son James, who died of cancer earlier this year. April-Lyn is pictured with BMX riders Jackson and Daniel Floyd, Chloe Jackson and Charlie Browne, club president Chris Schoenfisch, Mayor Paul Pisasale and committee member John Preston, at the Ipswich BMX track. Sarah Harvey

BMX open day cash dash salutes fine young rider

A FEAST of high-flying excitement is expected at the Ipswich BMX Club's open day at West Ipswich on Saturday.

However, the day will also be a chance to remember a talented young member who passed away earlier this year.

The inaugural James "Maddog" Morton Memorial Dash for Cash is being staged with $200 prizemoney up for grabs.

It's a race for riders in the 11-13 year age group, where James competed.

Club treasurer John Preston said the memorial race would be run and won by 12.30pm.

He would love to see more than 500 riders from around south-east Queensland test their skills on the Wiley Park track.

"We are hoping to hold a successful day for the club and our members, but also an event the Ipswich cycling community can be proud of,'' Preston said.

Preston praised those involved with the club for battling on. The was club established in 1981.

"Wet weather conditions over the past year have had a major impact on the number of race nights the club has been able to hold which has had a massive financial impact on the club,'' he said.

Preston thanked Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale for his financial assistance and time in helping the club with new signage.

Apart from the racing on Saturday, the open day promotes the club which has members from three to over 50.

Practice starts at 10am on Saturday. Racing is from midday.

Over the past 12 months, club members (mostly under 18 years old) have won Queensland titles, finished in top eight at Australian titles and travelled to New Zealand for the world titles.

Preston said BMX memberships are growing nationally at 10% per year in the Olympic sport.

Queensland has 3000 members with nearly 15,000 across Australia.

New members are welcome.

Inquiries with Angela Jackson 0431 017 681 or email Ipswichbmxclub@gmail.com



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