- State Government to sponsor BMX National Championships in 2018 and 2021
- Events held in Bunbury (2018) and Perth (2021) expected to help create jobs
- More than 2,000 interstate visitors expected for each event
The State Government, through Tourism WA, has secured the BMX National Championships for 2018 and 2021, which are expected to attract thousands of visitors to Western Australia.
BMX is one of the fastest growing sports in Australia, with the country attracting the second biggest number of participants behind the USA.
More than 2,000 interstate competitors and supporters are expected for each event, making a significant contribution to the State's economy, which in turn creates jobs.
The championships will be held over six days in March/April and feature warm-up sessions, heats and finals. All riding classes are represented by divisional male and female riders aged five to over 50.
The BMX National Championships will be held at the Bunbury BMX Track in 2018 and returning in 2021 to the Perth metropolitan area.
Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:
"Events such as the BMX National Championships encourage high levels of visitation, which provides a boost to the economy, adds further vibrancy to WA and attracts national media attention.
"Supporting mass participation events such as this will showcase our transformed city to thousands of people and help spread the word about the significant changes taking place.
"Tourism contributed $10 billion to WA's economy in 2016 and is a key pillar of the State Government's plan to diversify the economy, create jobs and develop business opportunities."
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"The 2018 event will provide a fantastic opportunity to promote Bunbury as an exciting and vibrant regional city to thousands of visitors, and provide a boost for the local economy.
"The State Government's goal is to see the contribution of regional tourism increase to $4.75 billion by 2020, and supporting regional events such as this will help us achieve that goal."
Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:
"BMX racing has a massive following, becoming an Olympic sport in 2008 and according to BMX Australia, it was the second most watched sport at Rio 2016.
"Riders of all ages can compete in BMX race meetings throughout Australia, making it a great family friendly pursuit.
"The event will also help to activate community operated infrastructure, such as the BMX tracks in the South-West and Perth."
Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400