Racy mum eyes a national title

Posted: October 12, 2013 by JonoShmono "SykOse. Live. Extreme." in Bike, Bmx
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BMX WINNERS: Back (from left) Taylah Browning, Jessica Baker, Tina Black, Gary Zahl and Jack Terry. Front, Harrison Browning, Laura Black, Alyssa Cherrie and Tara Wieden.
BMX WINNERS: Back (from left) Taylah Browning, Jessica Baker, Tina Black, Gary Zahl and Jack Terry. Front, Harrison Browning, Laura Black, Alyssa Cherrie and Tara Wieden

TINA Black’s the coolest mum at the school gate and she’s got a Queensland title to prove it.

She’s got an incessant need for speed, getting dirty doesn’t worry her, and right now her goals are to be able to manual (wheel stand) and jump by the time she hits the Australian titles.

“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

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