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From mud and tyres, Wainui forges BMX track

Aug 19th, 2009 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News, Sport

circuit150WORK has started on the long overdue construction of an international-length BMX circuit on Hugh Sinclair Park in Wainuiomata.

Wainuiomata BMX Club president Andrew Barclay says BMX brand man Tony Takarua has started building the starting ramp and the new track could be completed as early as October.

Mr Barclay says it has taken “four or five years” for the club to realise its long-term plans. 

Hutt City Council got on board in 2005, providing $55,000 in seed funding.

An additional $75,000 boost from the council under the 2009 Long Term Council Community Plan means the club can pay Mr Takarua to finish the starting system, gate and track.

“The work will be done in two stages – the starting round, then the rest of the track,” says Mr Barclay.

circuit-girl1Hutt City Council wants the new circuit to become a regional asset for the lower part of the North Island.

The council’s volunteer project co-ordinator, Rosie Doole, says the new BMX track will be a “vast improvement” on the rough state of the present BMX area, as it will be built to international standards in terms of length and jumps.

Although it will not be built to an Olympic scale, the track will be used at inter-club level.

“International races have far-out designs with 40 metre jumps… This track will be used as part of preparation for international events,” Ms Doole says.

She estimates the overall cost of the project will be about $300,000.

Ms Doole says a lot of the initial funding was spent on preconstruction activities, such as surveyors’ fees and swamp drainage.

Council project spokeswoman Judy Robb says the council leases the track land to the club. It is part of land set aside under the Reserve Management Act for development.

“Funding is not from rates… [It is] from developers, subdividers, commercial subdividers and directly from situations where land is being changed.”

Mr Barclay says the club aims to meet the funding shortfall itself.

Applications are being sent to trusts for a container for bike storage, bikes to hire out to children and ancillary equipment for the starting gates.

Ms Doole says BMX racing has progressed as a sport internationally and interest is growing in New Zealand.

BMX was added to the Olympic Games last year.

PICTURES: (Top) The Hugh Sinclair Park site. (Above) Niva McDonald-Sheehan, 8, from Wellington, checks out the track.

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  1. i live in wainuiomata and am really happy now that we have a bmx track it is a good improvement for wainui
    thank you all…..

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