Dunedin BMX Club president Jason Wadsworth. Photo by
Transforming Forrester Park into a BMX hub is on the
cards for Dunedin's BMX Club.
While the concept is still in its early stages, club
president Jason Wadsworth said for Dunedin to compete with
Christchurch to hold the South Island champs and keep ''world
class'' riders, a ''bigger and better'' track needed to be
''If we can build a top notch BMX track and turn Forrester
Park into a hub for BMX, it would lift the profile of the
sport in Dunedin. It would be great for our riders and an
asset to the community,'' he said.
Ideas include building a track that meets national and
international standards and converting the present track into
a ''pump and a jump'' track. Mountain biking would be
''We have lost four of our world class riders to the North
Island in the last two years and we are about to lose another
one. We don't have the facilities they need to keep them
"It pulls away from the other regions and it makes it a lot
harder for our athletes to see how top riders perform and how
Mr Wadsworth said a track would cost more than $250,000. A
ramp would cost about $40,000 and a racing gate about
The club was building a ''small pump track'' beside the BMX
track to boost the confidence and to improve the bike skills
of young riders.
''BMX is a great starting platform. A few of our riders have
gone on to track-riding and mountain biking,'' he said.
Mr Wadsworth said a bigger pump track would allow the club to
hold more community events on a larger scale.
The club has 80 members at present.
''The average age of club members is 8. A lot of our young
riders have the potential to go far in BMX but we don't have
the facilities to get them to that point.
''It would be great to see a local rider going to the
Olympics in 10 years' time,'' he said.
Mr Wadsworth said the club, which was considering putting a
proposal forward, had been talking to the Dunedin City
Mr Wadsworth said if the concept went ahead, ''it would be