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First Time Experiences at BMX Nationals

10 Oct 2012

This past Friday I had the privilege of taking 4 boys and our BMX coach, Siyuvile, up to Johannesburg for BMX Nationals in Kempton Park. This was our first year going to the event so it was really an amazing experience for us as well as an excellent learning curve so we know what to expect in future and can prepare the boys accordingly.

After juggling some logistics like forgotten passports, airport security taking our much needed spanner and almost missing our flight in the confusion, we eventually made it to Joburg. Once organised regrouped and organised at the airport, we checked into the beautiful OR Tambo Protea Hotel conveniently situated between the Airport and our event. A big thank you to Zee Ismail from the Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge who arranged this perfect accommodation for us completely free of charge. To say that we were spoiled and pampered is an understatement. The experience was unlike anything the boys had ever experienced before.

BMX Nationals blew me away. It was incredibly well organized and everyone involved, especially Cycling SA, was so happy to have us there and help us in whatever way possible. This ranged from giving us protective elbow gear, having official numbers made for our riders and lending us all missing equipment. A great learning experience for us to know in future how we need to kit out the guys and what is required for racing.

The boys enjoyed the experience thoroughly and being able to bring home medals certainly fuelled their excitement! On day 1 of racing in the novice category  Siyabulela Mabaso got gold, Zola Ngxakeni silver, Azola Mahanjana bronze and Sinethemba Nqangiso, who is only 10, came fourth in his age group. On day two the results were similar except Zola took gold and Siyabulela took silver.

We would just like to thank everyone who contributes to for the wonderful opportunities you are affording these kids as I got to see first hand what it means for them to travel across the country and compete in a national event   - Life Changing!