Harcourt's BMX ace gears up for world champs

Will Oliver

Will Oliver

HARCOURT'S Will Oliver is gearing up for his second world championships campaign on his BMX.

The eight-year-old qualified for next month's titles in Rotterdam by finishing second in his class at the Australian championships on Shepparton's track.

A key part of Will's lead-up to racing in Holland includes this Sunday's club racing and fund-raiser run by the Bendigo BMX Club at its Victoria Street track in Eaglehawk.

There will be racing from 11am. Proceeds from entries and a raffle will go toward Will's world titles quest.

In 2013, Will was a quarter-finalist at the world titles in New Zealand.

Since then Will has won his class at the South Australian and ACT championships.

Will trains at the Eaglehawk track on Tuesday and Thursday and sometimes at the weekend.

Key players for Will are parents Bianca and Troy.

They are not just transport and financial backers, but also coaches.

"For the club to do this is fantastic," Troy said of Sunday's event.

"We really appreciate all the support the club has given Will."

A grade 3 student at Harcourt Primary School, Will spends as much time has can on his BMX.

He started BMX racing when he was four-years-old. Will's brothers Loxley, 14, and Tyler, 13 have also raced around the BMX track.

Will and clubmate Matt White, the May winner in the Bendigo Advertiser-Prime 7 Sports Star of the Year, which is in its 50th year and backed by Bendigo Bank, will pit their skill against riders from all around the globe from July 23 to 27.


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