ON THE RISE: Deegan Graham (10), Jack Everingham (11), Chad Pethers-Morrissey (8) and Jack Cooper Graham (8), are among the stars the Casino BMX Club.
ON THE RISE: Deegan Graham (10), Jack Everingham (11), Chad Pethers-Morrissey (8) and Jack Cooper Graham (8), are among the stars the Casino BMX Club. Marc Stapelberg

Riding high in BMX

TOP dog Chad Pethers-Morrissey and his Casino BMX Club teammates are still riding high after mixing it with the state's elite junior riders.

Seven members of the club returned with excellent results from the recent State Championships.

It was an event to remember for Chad, who took first place in the boys eight years division.

Club president Ken Wilkes said it was a welcome reward for the eight-year-old, who put in a dominant display to claim the title.

"Chad has been riding exceptionally well recently," Wilkes said.

"He was leading for pretty much the whole competition and he dominated the event.

"To make it to the top eight is the hardest part, so to win was a huge achievement.

"He was excited and so were we."

The two-day event, held at the South Lake BMX Club on the southern NSW coast, was the biggest event on the sport's calendar this year.

More than 800 from across the state attended the competition, competing in different age classes and divisions.

Chad's result was one of several notable performances achieved by the Casino club, with all seven representatives placing well in their respective divisions.

Zach McDonald came fifth in the 15 year boys competition, with Dana Jordan repeating that position in the 16 year girls.

Wilkes said it was great that all the children had performed well.

"We usually hold our heads quite high at this event," he said.

"Being a small club, it is hard for the kids. I think they push themselves harder at an event like this.

"It is a huge achievement from them to make it to this next level at a state event.

"They were over the moon and so were we."

Wilkes said the children were benefiting from recent training sessions with Queensland coach Jamie Gray, aimed at sharpening their skills.

"It is hard in this area, but we are trying to grow the sport," he said.



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