The City of Ipswich will welcome more than 1,000 top BMX riders and officials and 1,500 spectators per day when it hosts the 2021 AusCycling BMX State Championships – Queensland in September.
The event, presented by AusCycling – Queensland, Ipswich & West Moreton BMX Club and supported by Ipswich City Council, will be held from 20 to 26 September at Willey Street Park.
Mayor Teresa Harding said the BMX State Championships are at home in Queensland’s sporting heartland.
“From Ash Barty to Shane Watson, Alli Brigginshaw to Allan Langer, our city has produced so many sporting greats over the years,” Mayor Harding said.
“It starts at the grassroots. Ipswich is fortunate to have a large base of dedicated fans and community sportspeople, including hundreds of BMX riders and enthusiasts.”
The AusCycling event comes ahead of a decision by the International Olympic Committee on the host of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, expected as early as July.
The City of Ipswich is currently being considered to host two events in the South-East Queensland proposal, football preliminaries and modern pentathlon.
Culture, Arts and Sport Committee Chair Cr Andrew Fechner congratulated Ipswich & West Moreton BMX Club on its role in hosting the State Championships.
“Ipswich & West Moreton BMX Club is a great club and a strong voice for BMX in Ipswich,” Cr Fechner said.
“I congratulate club president Karley Bryce, the committee and the club’s dedicated volunteers on their hosting of the State Championships and know they’ll do a wonderful job.
“I welcome this world-class event to Ipswich and encourage the local community to catch the thrilling BMX racing in September and support our talented local riders as they compete against the best in Queensland.”
AusCycling – Queensland General Manager Sean Muir has heralded the Championships as a great promotion for the athletes, our sponsors, the Ipswich & West Moreton BMX Club, AusCycling and BMX overall.
“The 2021 AusCycling BMX State Championships – Queensland is the marquee event on the calendar for our BMX riders in the Sunshine State,” Muir said.
“We will have riders as young as three-years-old, all the way through to 60.
“AusCycling looks to partner with regions that support the sport of cycling, and we are proud to be partnering with Ipswich City Council as they have been a long-term supporter of cycling.”