STOKED: Zach McDonald, left, and Chad Pethers- Morrissey, below, are off to New Zealand for the BMX world titles.
STOKED: Zach McDonald, left, and Chad Pethers- Morrissey, below, are off to New Zealand for the BMX world titles. Jamie Brown

Local youths taking on the world in NZ BMX competition

TWO local youths are heading off to New Zealand, bikes in tow, to compete in the BMX World Titles.

Casino rider Zach McDonald, 15 and Caniaba youngster Chad Pethers-Morrissey, 8, have scored positions in the competition in Auckland, following the National Titles in Brisbane earlier this year.

Now the lads, both members of Casino BMX Club, are headed overseas to ride for an international title, proud and prepared to slip on their racing suits, secure their helmets and take on some jumps and fast corners.

They'll be heading to New Zealand with their families in just over a week for the UCI World Championships which will be held July 24-28 at Vector Arena in Auckland.

Zach, a Year 10 Casino High School student, began riding at the age of five and said he loves the sport and a good fair race.

This will be the second time Zach has competed at the World Titles after competing at the event in 2009.

Very keen on the sport, he said he hoped to become a professional BMX rider when he's older.

Young gun Chad started racing when he was six years old and since then has raced three years in the state titles, never losing a race at that level, and has contested the Australian titles twice.

He said he's very excited about going to the World Titles for the first time and said he hopes to compete at the Olympics one day.

Both boys train regularly to keep up to scratch with their biking and racing skills, taking to the track at Casino - the only BMX track still existing in the Northern Rivers - a couple of times a week.

Apart from that, they said they were both on their bikes every day.

Casino BMX Club is always welcoming to any newcomers to the club.

For more information, head to casino.bmxa.com.au or phone club president Mark Jordan on 66628719.



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