TINA Black’s the coolest mum at the school gate and she’s got a Queensland title to prove it.
“I say to the kids, ‘oh I love watching you race’ and they say, ‘we love watching you race mum, because you come first’,” Black said.
“It’s really good to have your kids respect, because they think: mum’s actually doing this.”
Black took up BMX a year ago after her two children became involved in the sport, then at the recent Queensland titles she took out the 32-39yrs cruiser category.
She said she gets no grief from male competitors, gets cheers from the girls at work, and is part of a growing trend of women at the Maryborough BMX Club who are taking to the sport.
“It’s a mental sport as well, if you’re not at the gate saying to yourself, ‘I’m going to be the first person to the berm, I’m going to get over the line first, you can easily intimidate yourself,” she said. “You’ve only got to hold back for a split second and if someone gets in front of you sometimes it’s impossible to get around them.”
Black was one of 11 Maryborough BMX Club members to place high at the Queensland titles.
Queensland titles results
1st Jack Terry 13yr
1st Tina Black 32-39yr
3rd Tara Wieden 11yr
3rd Alyssa Cherrie 8-10yr (cruiser)
5th Gary Zahl 40-44yrs (male and cruiser)
5th Harrison Browning 11yr
6th Justin Patzwald 17-plus
7th Taylah Browning 14yr
7th Rachael Buse 16yr
7th Laura Black 12yr
8th Alyssa Cherrie 8yr