This week has been all about the thrills, spills and incredible skills of two-wheeled sport - namely BMX.
It has also been all about promoting Shepparton as a destination to enjoy for all the right reasons - family fun, first class outdoor facilities, and efficiently run events.
We take out hats off to the organisers, participants and supporters of the BMX Australia National Championships which have taken place over the past week, finishing with a thrilling final on Saturday.
The event drew 1547 entrants from 99 clubs across Australia which topped last year’s BMX national titles in Bunbury, Western Australia, which drew 1331 entrants.
On top of this, the event has drawn thousands to the north Shepparton BMX track over the past week.
Many have travelled from across the country, bringing with them their need for accommodation, food and socialising.
We hope they found everything they needed and will return to their hometowns with reports of the great things we have to offer in Shepparton.
The only blight on the week was the theft of valuable BMX bikes from two Queensland families which The News reported on Wednesday.
Thankfully, we were able to report on Friday that Shepparton police had recovered the bikes and they were returned to the grateful families along with a visit from the city’s mayor Kim O’Keeffe.
Applause must also go to Shepparton BMX Club members and Greater Shepparton City Council staff for their hard work in organising this huge drawcard and for putting in place the $635000 of upgrades to the new track which includes new lighting, and Victoria’s first eight metre high starting hill.
Shepparton Show Me and council staff have been busy capitalising on the event’s popularity with an Art Bikes installation in the central business district during the championships and an exhibition on the history of BMX with memorabilia at the Shepparton Motor Museum.
The sport of BMX has been well chosen as a drawcard for Shepparton.
Australia has the second largest BMX support base in the world after the United States.
BMX Australia has 17000 members from the age of two years to 80 years, with 120 member clubs across the country.
The Greater Shepparton City Council events team and Shepparton BMX Club committee members have done their research, put in the hard yards and come up with a winner for the town.
We look forward to next year’s BMX champinships with much anticipation.