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Three of the best: our BMX stars shine in 2019 state series

The BMX NSW State Series is a grueling annual competition.

There are nine races all up which are held in BMX tracks across the state.

Accumulating enough points to finish on the podium is a big achievement and that’s just what three Macarthur region BMX champions have done this year.

Ireland Gerhard finished in second place, while Kayden Murphy and Rory Southwell both ended in third place.

The trio are all part of the South West Sydney Academy of Sport (SWSAS) BMX program.

They will receive their BMX Plate and Jersey at the BMX NSW Awards dinner on October 4.

Four days later, on October 6, they will compete in the State Titles in Maitland, where Southwell will be defending his title as state champion.

Rory Southwell, Ireland Gerhard and Kayden Murphy are over the moon with their performances in the 2019 BMX NSW State Series.

Macarthur BMX club president Fred Furner praised the three athletes and the academy.

“This was an amazing result for the athletes, the academy and our club,’’ Mr Furner said.

“It’s a credit to their hard work, including tough SWSAS training sessions and off-track education sessions, which helped keep their focus on the job.”

Kayden Murphy’s best race was at South Lake in the Illawarra, where he finished first off the back of 187 points out of a possible 200.

 “I won my first ever state finals race and when I crossed that finish line I couldn’t believe it,” he said.

Rory Southwell, the academy’s 2019 athlete of the year, finished second at the Hawkesbury BMX Club race with 195 points out of a possible 200.

Southwell only competed in six of the nine State Series races, as he was in Belgium representing Australia in the BMX World Championships.

Nominations are now open for most SWSAS sports – to keep up to date like the SWSAS Facebook page, or visit the website,

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