2019 #OceaniaBMX Championships: Preview
The 2019 Oceania BMX Championships will see the first four Oceania Champions in 2019 crowned with four titles up for grabs Saturday January 19th in Te Awamutu, New Zealand.
2018 elite champions Corey Frieswyk (Australia) and Sarah Walker (New Zealand) return looking to add to defend with all categories to be hotly contested. The elite men’s and women’s and junior women’s fields feature riders ranked top 10 in the world with world number two Saya Sakakibara featuring in the women’s race.
Men: Corey Frieswyk (Australia)
Women: Sarah Walker (New Zealand)
2018 champion Sarah Walker (New Zealand) returns and is chasing a fourth gold and has claimed the title the last two times the event was held in New Zealand. Nipping at Walker’s heels is rising star and former junior champion and world number two Saya Sakakibara (Australia) as well as 2017 winner Leanna Curtis (Australia), while local Te Awamutu rider Rebecca Petch who has four consecutive silver medals to her name will be eying the top spot of the podium.
In the elite men’s defending champion Corey Frieswyk (Australia) will go head to head with 2017 champion and world number nine Kai Sakakibara (Australia), with Brandon Te Hiko (Australia) as well as the last two junior winners in Maynard Peel (New Zealand) from 2017 and Nathaniel Rodway (Australia) adding to the strong field expect the medals to be hotly contested.
Men: Nathaniel Rodway (Australia)
Women: Ashlee Miller (Australia)
The future stars will be in action in the junior category with both 2018 champions moving up to elite level. New Zealand’s Cailen Calkin leads the charge in the men’s having represented New Zealand at the World Championships last year.
World number six and seven Jessie Smith and Baylee Luttrell will be looking for success at a home Championships with Kiana Botfield leading the Australian charge.