There was a nervous wait, but then a wave of relief washed over Yanderra’s BMX bandit Mackenzie Hadley and her supporters when the final times appeared.
The 10-year-old Bargo Public School student pinched her first BMX NSW state championships title by 0.006 seconds to win the 10 girls’ 20-inch title on October 2 at Penrith BMX Club.
Mackenzie, who rides for the Macarthur BMX Club, said it was “pretty scary” being in the final, but that she was also “pretty confident” of doing well.
“I felt pretty proud of myself because I have never been first at states,” Mackenzie said.
What makes it more remarkable is that Mackenzie battles with asthma, which stems from her premature birth and following four months in hospital, fighting a chronic lung disease.
“I was super proud, she works so hard,” mother Natalie said.
“She finished second last year, and won it with nothing in it.
“Everyone gathered around, kids from the club and parents, to see the times because everyone wanted it as much as she did.”
Mackenzie said her asthma did not faze her on the track as she self-monitors her condition.
However, it can give her a case of “dead legs” when she waits for her next race.
The year four student loves riding because she can “jump high” and has made friends from different towns in NSW.
However, she also tipped her helmet to her BMX friends because they pushed her to ride fast.
She also praised her coach Jason Goulder for his commitment and “coaching me good” and her sponsor for its support.