Olympic Standard BMX Track For Brisbane

Sport Minister Phil Reeves and Beijing Olympian Kamikaze today announced a new $1.5 million Olympic-standard BMX track, the first in the southern hemisphere, will be constructed at the Sleeman Sports Complex.

"The new track will provide top level facilities for Queensland's champion riders like Kamikaze, as well as up-and-coming athletes," Mr Reeves said.

"The popularity of BMX is growing in Australia, the following for the sport is second only to the United States. We have clubs across Queensland from Cooktown to Coolangatta and out to Mt Isa. This facility will provide a fantastic training ground and will hopefully inspire more Queenslanders to get physically active."

Kamikaze welcomed plans for the new track saying that the facilities at Chandler would give Queensland and Australian riders a competitive edge.

"Having access to an Olympic-standard BMX track for training, together with other facilities at Sleeman will definitely challenge riders," he said.

"The onsite accommodation will be great for training camps and all riders will be looking forward to tackling a new track."

BMX Australia President Barry Knight said the organisation looked forward to developing new facilities with design experts at the Swiss based Union Cycliste Internationale.

"Features such as an eight meter high starting ramp and a length of around 350 - 400 metres will be part of this world-class BMX Supercross facility," he said.

"This is a great win for Queensland riders."

State Member for Chatsworth Steve Kilburn MP also welcomed funding for the new track.

"This will cement Sleeman Sports Complex as a premier sporting hub. Clubs in Queensland will be holding sign-on days this weekend and I'd encourage anyone interested to have a go at the sport."

Mr Reeves said work on the track would commence in the second half of 2010.

"Many of our sporting heroes had carved out their careers as professionals by using BMX as a stepping stone to Mountain Biking or Road Cycling. Australian cycling champions Robbie McEwan and Cadel Evans both started their careers as BMX riders. I hope to see many Queenslanders follow in the footsteps of these brilliant athletes and use this track to test out their skills. The planned BMX track is another step towards the Bligh Government's goal of making Queenslanders Australia's healthiest people."

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