Two of Karratha’s most talented teenagers have shown Australia what the Pilbara is made of after making the podium at a national BMX competition.
Sophie Taylor and Ashlyn Keremelevich competed at the 2019 BMX Australia Bad Boy National Championships in Victoria from May 20-25, both of them placing fourth in their respective categories.
Making the final in the championships was no easy feat, with riders completing three motos, or opportunities to go around the track, and from those places, the points that were tallied got competitors to the finals.
Taylor, 14, competed in two classes, making it to the semi-final in the 20-inch class and the final in the cruiser class, where she came in fourth.
Karratha BMX head coach Karl Mustchin said she had a reasonable start in the cruiser class, but her confidence grew.
“The hardest part is getting to the final — once you’re there, it’s one lap for all the marbles,” he said.
“She had a great day and was successful at gaining an Australian plate, which is really highly regarded.”
In the 20-inch class, Taylor made it to the semifinal and was sitting in a final qualifying position before another rider crashed in to her.
“It was disappointing being in that position to qualify and getting taken out, but that’s racing.” Mustchin said. Keremelevich competed in the 13-girls’ 20-inch category and also came away with a fourth place.
Mustchin said it was an extraordinary effort from the girls to go to a national event and compete on a track which was completely foreign to them.
“For anybody to get an Australian plate is an enormous effort because you have to be able to put four or five races together to be successful,” he said. “The difficult part for these girls is that they’re miles away from another track, but they’re competing against kids who, within an hour of them, have access to at least 10 different tracks they can practise on.”
Taylor and Keremelevich’s next chance to shine will be at the West Australian State titles in Perth in October.