Cycling NZ bases national hub in Waipā
Cambridge will be home to a new programme which aims to increase quality and quantity of young BMX riders heading into the elite tier of the sport.
Cycling New Zealand recently announced the launch of the Schick BMX National Performance Hub programme, the fifth of seven planned around the country. The hubs will form network to help sustain the future success of top cycling in New Zealand.
The newest hub will be based mainly in Cambridge, using the town's BMX track and the Avantidrome, along with training at other tracks in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty, including the newly developed track in Rotorua.
It follows regional road and track cycling performance hubs in Auckland, Waikato-Bay of Plenty and Otago-Southland along with a national hub for Mountain Bike in Rotorua. Cycling New Zealand is working towards two further regional road and track cycling hubs.
Cycling New Zealand chief executive Andrew Matheson said the BMX hub had been realised with the support of Hamilton's Schick Civil Construction.
"Investing in development and performance pathways is a key to securing top talent and continuing to grow New Zealand's performances on the world stage," he said.
"The cycling performance hubs have strong regional ties and connections with locally-based riders, coaches and local sponsors."
Matheson explained the hubs were connected closely with the national programme in terms of training and development support.
Head coach of the Schick BMX National Performance Hub is former BMX international rider Matt Cameron.
"As well as providing training facilities and programmes for athletes, the hub will assist the development of key coaches providing a pathway for coaches as part of high performance succession planning."
"This appointment of Cameron is evidence of the philosophy coming to fruition," said Matheson.
BMX New Zealand Executive Officer Dion Earnest said the instigation of the BMX hub is key to building high level progression in the sport.
"We are excited to have Cameron lead the programme," said Earnest.
Cycling New Zealand expected the Schick BMX National Performance Hub to be in place by May.