RUMBLING RIDERS: Rumble for Ronald McDonald riders Cody Webb, Bailey Smith, Rory Lanigan, Brandon Skinner, Tyler Skaines, Darcie Moore, Hunter Boschen, Ethan Stevens pictured with Ryan Linnewebber on Saturday.
RUMBLING RIDERS: Rumble for Ronald McDonald riders Cody Webb, Bailey Smith, Rory Lanigan, Brandon Skinner, Tyler Skaines, Darcie Moore, Hunter Boschen, Ethan Stevens pictured with Ryan Linnewebber on Saturday. CONTRIBUTED

BMX Riders are ready to Rumble for Ronald McDonald House

BMX riders travelled from far and wide to participate in the Proserpine BMX Rumble for Ronald McDonald on the weekend.

The bi-annual carnival featured more than 120 competitors from Proserpine, Townsville, Sarina, Moranbah and Victoria.

Proserpine BMX Club president Kristy Puckridge said the final carnival of each year is always a fundraiser in which a donation is made to Ronald McDonald House in Townsville.

"Last year we were able to give $1000 to Ronald McDonald, it would be great if we could do the same this year,” Ms Puckridge said.

"These fundraising events help to take the pressure off the houses. They supply meals, ingredients and an environment for families to be together.

"Our club is very thankful our members are able to use these facilities in Townsville and Brisbane when away for treatment.”

Several members of the Proserpine BMX Club and their families have utilised Ronald McDonald House services making the event one that is relevant to many of the participants.

Tyler Skaines rode in the Rumble for Ronald McDonald House on Saturday.
Tyler Skaines rode in the Rumble for Ronald McDonald House on Saturday. Claudia Alp

The Rumble for Ronald McDonald consisted of two special BMX races for competitors aged 10-11-years with eight riders going through to the final round.

Ethan Stevens crossed the line first followed by Hunter Boschen in second place and Darcie Moore in third.

Other participants in the Rumble for Ronald McDonald final race were Tyler Skaines, Brandon Skinner, Rory Lanigan, Bailey Smith and Cody Webb.

Proserpine BMX Club member Ryan Linnewebber received assistance from the Ronald McDonald House two years ago and presented the prizes to the Rumble Riders.

Riders in first-third place received monetary prizes and a jersey. Riders from fourth-eighth place received monetary incentive prizes.

Congratulations to Proserpine BMX riders Callum Anderson (first-place, 9-years), Isabella Allen (second-place, 13-years), Chantelle Teale (third-place, 13-years), Tyler Anderson (second-place, 13-14-years boys' cruiser), Taylor Kerr (second-place, 14+ superclass womens'), Byron Chauntler (second-place, 14+ superclass mens'), William Allan (third-place, 14+ superclass mens') and Vernon Dries (second-place, 50+ mens' cruiser).

Proserpine BMX rider Anthony Pendlebury also participated in the 14+ Superclass Mens' competition.

Anthony made headlines in May when he returned to the track for the first time after a horrific dirt bike accident in March, 2017, that left him with severed nerves in his right hand.

The Proserpine Mini-Wheelers Andrys Kehres and Darcy Watson were all smiles as they raced around the track with some assistance to get their tiny bikes over the mounds.

The Sprockets showed great promise as Amelia Oosen (Under-5 girls'), Andre Bryant, Declan Dichiera, Liam Keyte, Levi Smith, Thomas Spratt, Angus Torti (Under-5 boys'), Stefany Allan, Hayden Bradley, Jason Kay, Dallas Oosen, Ryan Watson (6-years), and Bryson Henshaw, Bryn Kehres, and Jamie Spratt (7-years) represented Proserpine.

Congratulations to all other participants Savanna Allan and Roy Milliken (8-years), Ryder Kehres, Trey Teale, Charles Fendley, Joseph Gray (9-years), Hayden Milliken, Jason Morgan, David Teale (10-years boys'), Ryan Linnewebber (11-years boys'), Callum Anderson (13-14 Boys' cruiser), Chloe Chauntler (14+ Superclass womens') and Connor Knight (14+ Superclass mens') who represented Proserpine in their respective races.

Ms Puckridge said the event was extremely successful despite numbers being down this year.

"It brings awareness to the community of these charities and every bit counts. Proserpine BMX Club is proud to be able to contribute to the running of these facilities.”

More information on BMX racing can be found on the Proserpine BMX Club Facebook page.


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