Tamworth BMX Club has received $15,000 in a Local Sport Grant that will be used to upgrade the competition track surface thanks to the NSW Nationals in Government.

NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the grant would improve the Club’s pedal-power so it could begin to lobby again for major events on the state and national BMX calendar.

“This grant is great news for our local BMX riders as they really punch above their weight,” Mr Anderson said.

“BMX is a fantastic sport here in Tamworth and it has produced some riders who have been among the best in the state and even top five rankings in national and world standings.

“I know how the club has worked hard to lift the profile of the sport in Tamworth in recent years, so I was really pleased to hear of the success of the funding application.

“I’ll continue to work hard for Tamworth BMX Club to help them lift their profile and to be able to get back into a position to host major championships on this track.”

Tamworth BMX Club president Daniel Morris said the organisation was working closely with the Tamworth Regional Council to overcome issues with small deposits of asbestos on the track site.

“Although the site is still currently closed, it is not a permanent closure. We have been working hard to ensure that we will soon be able to present a facility capable of holding large events, training our local competitors and providing a great facility for our local community to enjoy into the future,” he said.

Tamworth was to host a round of BMX NSW’s State Series in late May but with the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was cancelled. However, once the track is upgraded, the club is keen to put its name forward to be part of any series in the future.