Riding high: new BMX track for Brisbane

Riding high: new BMX track for Brisbane


An Olympic standard BMX track and second swimming pool will be included in a $13.3 million revamp of the Sleeman Sports Complex in Brisbane's south.

It is the biggest boost for the centre at Chandler since it was opened for the Commonwealth Games in 1982.

Sports Minister Phil Reeves called for tenders for both projects yesterday.

He promised the BMX track would be finished by March 2011, while the second Olympic-sized pool would be finished a few months later.

The second Olympic-sized pool at Chandler's Sleeman Sports Complex is planned to be finished by mid-2011.

The bike track will be the first of its type in the southern hemisphere.

It was immediately welcomed by Brisbane-based Olympian, “Kamikaze”, who described the facility as “awesome.”

“I can't wait to get on the track and try it out when it's complete," he said.

BMX Australia president Barry Knight said the building of a supercross track was testament to the growing number of riders participating in the sport.

“Coming off the first ever BMX Olympic event at the Beijing Games, this track will be of exceptional benefit to our Olympic hopefuls for London 2012, giving our riders the chance to train on a world class track,” he said.

“This also provides us with the opportunity to host more international events, bringing the best riders in the world to Australia.”

Local MP Steve Kilburn said BMX riding was a boom sport in Australia.

“The following for the sport here is second only to the United States,” he said.

Most major swim meets now require two Olympic-sized pools, Mr Reeves said, explaining why a second pool would be added.

“It is a now a requirement of major swim meets that there are two full size pools – one for swimmers to warm up, and the other for competition."

Source: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/riding-high-new-bmx-track-for-brisbane-20100927-15st3.html