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Case Study - Bicycle Motocross

Erin Lockwood

Erin LockwoodErin Lockwood has received a number of Local Sporting Champions (LSC) grants from 2013 to 2017 to attend the BMX QLD State Championships, Australian BMX Championships and UCI BMX World Championships. Erin appreciated receiving the LSC grants, saying “I would like to thank the Australian Sports Commission for their support.  This grant helped my parents pay for nominations and travel to big events, where I may not have been able to attend. The LSC grant is a massive help to many – thank you”.

Racing since she was four, Erin has competed at zone level, state, national and even on the world stage at only 18 years of age. In 2015 she was selected for the QLD Development Squad, which she said was “a huge honour and I am so grateful to have been selected”.

Demonstrating her commitment to BMX, Erin had a major crash while training in 2016 and suffered a broken and dislocated shoulder, a broken foot in two places and a collapsed lung. After five months of recovery and intensive physiotherapy, Erin went straight back into competing, placing third in the Junior Elite category for women.

Erin LockwoodExpressing that female World Champion Caroline Buchanan is her role model, Erin explained that although BMX is not typically a female sport, more girls are joining, and that Caroline has proven that young female riders can dream big to also make their mark in a predominately male sport.

Erin feels she is improving every year with help from her coach and support from her parents. She has become a coach and in 2016 was awarded the R.I.D.E Award for Female Athletes in QLD BMX. To excel and reach her next goals, Erin hopes to obtain a sponsor, make it onto the Australian Academy team and will be competing at the 2017 Australian BMX Titles and 2017 National Series with the aim to qualify for the UCI World BMX Titles.

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