Gold laden event in Tasmania for Letitia Weatherhead
Gold medallist in the women’s 40+ 20-inch racing, gold medallist in the women’s 40+ Cruiser racing, Gold medallist in the team’s event and voted as the rider of the event by her competitors.
Letitia Weatherhead cleaned up at the 16th Australian Masters Games at Wynyard BMX Park.
But she’s quick to deflect praise for her performances. Humble, well-spoken and considerate are all terms that jump to mind when you speak with the Bayside BMX Club member.
Weatherhead was one of more than 5000 competitors at the Games, which saw 47 different sports contested across 65 venues. In total, there were 24 riders in the BMX Masters competition, a burgeoning sport in the landscape of Masters specific competition.
After a false start to BMX competition at the 2015 Masters Games in Adelaide, which Weatherhead had entered, the soon-to-be 44-year-old said the event in Tasmania was an incredibly relaxed, friendly place to go racing.
“What a cool club and great group of people at Wynyard BMX,” Weatherhead boasted.
“Two years ago, I had entered the event in Adelaide, but they didn’t get the numbers. So, I was glad that it went ahead this time, and I met so many people. It was a relaxed environment and didn’t have the stress of the Aussies or state titles.
“Results wise, I just had fun down there. It was never about big-noting myself, I just love to race and give it 100 per cent every time I’m on the track.”
As it turned out, racing wasn’t the only item on the agenda for Weatherhead and her fellow BMX riders. Before racing commenced, and a subsequent heart-pumping performance from Aussie rock legends the Hoodoo Gurus, competitors and Wynyard BMX Park club members pitched in together to get the track in top condition.
“When we arrived on Thursday it was apparent that the club had been smashed by weather, and they were still working incredibly hard to get everything ready. So, we got out there and gave them a hand,” she said.
“I’ve never done track work before, but it was nice to help out. The club were also brilliant in providing us all lunch and refreshments and those sorts of things.”
Racing, track maintenance and music performances aside the week was also an opportunity for BMX rivalries to be created, re-kindled and reminisced upon by the handful of riders in attendance.
“I met some awesome ladies while I was in Tasmania,” Weatherhead proudly stated.
“Annie [Randall] in particular was someone I got on well with, we’re great friends now.
“Louise Ellis and Hayley Becker were two others I had a ball with. As it turns out Louise and I raced each other at the 1988 Australian titles at Red Centre BMX Club in the Northern Territory when we were 14-years-old.
“We can’t remember racing each other, but we do remember the floods and the use of a helicopter to try and dry the track!”
As the festivities at the conclusions of this year’s eight day long multi-sport event came to a close, the Australian Masters Games organising committee announced that the event would be returning to Adelaide for their next event.
Asked whether she would be lining up on the gate again in two years’ time, there was no hesitation. Letitia Weatherhead will be there.
“Not a lot of people knew about this event, but I decided to give it a go and there are no regrets. You are able to meet new people, it was a nice family event. I will definitely do it again in two years’ time!”
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