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Young rider makes Junior Development Program

YOUNG Portland BMX talent Gracie Piergrosse has been selected for the 2021 BMX Victoria Junior Development Program after dominating her races earlier in the year.

The program was devised to take some of the best junior BMX talent across Victoria based on their performances in the 2020 State Series; however, with the coronavirus pandemic forcing the series to be cancelled, they have selected based on performances in the first two rounds.

The nine-year-old Portland BMX Club rider has been a standout performer in her state series races in 2019 and earlier this year, earning top results and helping her be noticed by talent identification personnel.

The program will involve training from professional coaches in Melbourne, which will all depend on the nature of coronavirus restrictions heading into 2021.

Piergrosse has been building on her BMX talent for years now and is looking forward to receiving some higher level coaching.

“I love BMX because it’s really fun to race,” she said.

“I’ve been riding since I was three-years-old and I love being at the track and working on my riding.

“I’m excited to learn new things from the coaches in Melbourne.”

Piergrosse will be in the 9-year-old girls division with two other riders who she has previously raced against.

“There is three of us in my age group that made it,” she said.

“They are both from the Knox BMX Club and I’ve raced against them before and we’re really good friends.

“It makes it easier knowing that my friends will be doing the program as well.” The best riders in the state from ages 8-12 have been selected for the program with 30 participants in total.

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