BMX rider Luke Madill has been awarded life membership of BMX Australia – the only active rider to be given the honour.
“I definitely wasn't expecting this," said Luke, who has been a national hero in the sport for decades. "I knew this was given to riders who have been in the club for a long time so to be recognised in this way is huge and I'm greatly honoured.“
Luke, who grew up with older brothers who raced BMX, started his riding career at four years old. "There was also a guy down the road who had his own track and once I could ride without training wheels I didn't look back," he explained.
"It's nearly 28 years of racing and when I look back it has gone fast but there have been so many races and different goals. Each year you set new goals and sometimes you achieve them, sometimes you don't and before you know it you're still trying to reach those goals.
"I still love riding my bike when I'm out there and yes, there can be ups and downs and frustrations but that comes with the sport. Being older I think I have more patience and I can cope with the failures a bit better than when I was younger."
Speaking about passing on his love for racing BMX, Luke added: "Hopefully I have given young riders the right inspiration to help them be successful."
Luke was one of three male riders who represented Australia at the inaugural inclusion of BMX at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Despite having a poor 2011 due to illness and injury, Madill is aiming to reach his second Games in London later this year.