Narelle Falkenhagen shows age no barrier to BMX success
AGE is no obstacle to sporting success in the BMX arena as 57-year-old Lockyer Valley rider Narelle Falkenhagen is proving.
Narelle was recently presented with her club's medallion for points scored on Friday night club racing as well as picking up two perpetual trophies in recognition for her efforts in skill development and racing in 2013.
Narelle said her current club was Centenary Plains BMX at Browns Plains in Brisbane.
"Lockyer Valley riders are unable at the moment to race under the Lockyer Valleys Club name as we do not have a track as yet according to BMXA rules," Narelle said.
"I was stunned to receive these recognition awards as they were totally unexpected."
Narelle received the Female Rider of the Year "Most Improved" award as well as Rider of the Year "Senior Female".
Narelle said she had been training hard all last year at tracks around south east Queensland to improve her riding skills and came home from the Nationals last year at Sleeman in Brisbane with a 7A plate (45-49 ladies cruiser).
"Coaching is important in skill development for a rider and I am continuing this year with more specialized training as I am defending my 7A plate on the cruiser at the Nationals at Shepparton in Victoria in late April," she said.
"I had to race ladies far younger than myself as there are not many ladies my age racing.
"I am also going to ride the 20" bike against the 40-49 year old ladies."
Narelle said BMX was an all ages sport.
"If you can balance on a bike, it's from ages 2 till 70 and beyond," she said.
"I actually race a gentleman who is 68 years old this year."
Males and females can race against each other if they wish and at the moment Narelle is racing the Southern Zone Shoot Out Series against the men in 50+ male Cruiser and 45-49 male 20" classes.
Narelle said she thoroughly enjoy riding the track.
"I started very late in life and am enjoying my time riding BMX and learning the skills associated with riding," she said.
Come and Try Days are being held in February at tracks across Australia so bring your bike to the closest track Toowoomba or Ipswich and have a go.