2018 #OceaniaBMX Championships: Preview
Four titles will be up for grabs as some of the world’s best battle it out in Bunbury, March 22nd for chance to pull on the Oceania Champions jersey.
Leanna Curtis (Australia) returns to defend her elite women’s title though new winners will be crowned in the elite women’s and under 19 men’s and women’s categories. With fields that including national champions and an Olympic silver medallist in Sarah Walker (New Zealand) the racing will be as exciting as ever.
Men: Kai Sakakibara (Australia)
Women: Leanna Curtis (Australia)
It will be an exciting battle for the women’s crown with Australia’s Leanna Curtis is back to defend her title but will face a strong challenge from New Zealand. Rising star and newly crowned national champion Rebecca Petch (New Zealand) who is ranked 12th in the world will be looking to turn silver the last three years in to gold. Another name to watch is 2012 Olympic silver medallist Sarah Walker (New Zealand) who is looking to return to her best.
With defending men’s champion Kai Sakakibara in Europe a new champion will be crowned with 2017 bronze medallist Aaron Nottle (Australia) leading the way. Maynard Peel (New Zealand) who claimed the under 19 titles in 2016 and 2017 steps up to elite for the first time and will be chasing a third Oceania victory.
Men: Maynard Peel (New Zealand)
Women: Saya Sakakibara (Australia)
With Peel stepping up to elite a new under 19 winner will pull on the Oceania Champions jersey with Australia duo Kye Afoo and Kyle Hill who are both ranked inside the top 20 in the world leading the hunt. New Zealand’s Cailen Calkin who claimed the New Zealand title in January will be hoping to take gold back to New Zealand.
Runner up from the opening round of the Australian National series Ashlee Miller (Australia) is the name to watch in the junior women’s though Edan Whitlock (Australia) and Courtney Stevenson (Australia) will look to grab the title.