BMX champion joins race for yearly award

JUST weeks out from another world championship campaign, Bendigo BMX ace Matt White has earned the May award in the Bendigo Advertiser-Prime 7 Sports Star of the Year.

Rotterdam's track will be a lot different to any other circuit I have raced on -

Now in its 50th year, Sports Star is the longest-running award of its type in the country

White is a first-time winner in the awards.

"That's awesome," White said when told about being a Sports Star finalist.

In recent years he has watched clubmates Jaclyn Wilson and Brock Tuckerman claim monthly awards, and in Wilson's case be Sports Star of the Year.

White will now gear up for a fifth world titles campaign.

"There will be a lot of training over the next six weeks," he said of sessions at the Eaglehawk track and possibly in Shepparton and on Melbourne circuits in his titles preparation.

"The Rotterdam track will be a lot different to any other circuit I have raced on," White said.

"It's a challenge I am looking forward to."

The 16-year-old was in hot form at last month's national BMX titles in Shepparton.

White won the 16-boys final by less than half a tyre length.

The young gun from the Bendigo BMX Club has won two national titles.

Now the focus is on Rotterdam and taking on the world's best.

The world titles will be contested from July 22 to 27.

Away from the BMX track, White is a year 10 student at Crusoe College in Kangaroo Flat.

As well as being a monthly winner, White is also a contender for the Cyril Michelsen Trust Fund.

Bendigo Bank is in its second year as major sponsor of the Bendigo Advertiser-Prime 7 Sports Star awards.

Stars in the running for 2014-15 are Bendigo Spirit following consecutive Women's National Basketball League premierships; Australian lawn bowls singles champion Nathan Wilson; and Oceania judo champion Bryan Jolly.

The 50th presentation of Sports Star is on February 27 at the All Seasons in Bendigo.    

FLYING HIGH: Matt White soars over a jump at the BMX track in Eaglehawk. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

FLYING HIGH: Matt White soars over a jump at the BMX track in Eaglehawk. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

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