Caboolture BMX Club President Shaun Batty, pictured left, has shown how resilient he and his club are after facing multiple setbacks in 2022.
When the floods hit at the beginning of the year, Shaun’s beloved club was forced to rebuild its track after water and mud destroyed everything.
Speaking to Moreton Daily in early March, Shaun said the track, the recently refurbished canteen and equipment such as laptops, two-way radios, fridges and fryers all needed to be replaced.
“Initially, when the river burst its bank it inundated our free-standing tower, and then within a couple of hours we had over a metre of water in the canteen,” Shaun said at the time.
Thankfully, the generosity of the community shone through with the club getting back on their feet a few months later following money raised through a Go Fund Me and grants.
Heartbreak then struck the club again in October, when heartless thieves broke into a locked storage shed and stole six bicycles that are used to help young children learn how to ride, plus two whipper snippers.
“We built a new storage facility on the end of our existing storage facility after the floods, which is where the bikes and whipper snippers were,” Shaun said.
“They (alleged offenders) had tried every lock on every door of our complex, and they were unable to get in, but they managed to get into this shed.
“These were bikes that kids who can’t afford bikes use to learn how to ride.
“It’s just really disappointing that someone would steal from kids.
“I know desperate people do desperate things, however, to steal from a community-based not-for-profit sports organisation, that’s unacceptable.”
Once again, the Caboolture and surrounding suburbs showed how tightknit they are by putting their hands up to help the club, with offers to replace the stolen bikes.
About Shaun Batty
Shaun Batty has been at the Caboolture BMX Club for five years.
He is the current President and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day running of the club and races.
The Caboolture BMX Club is continuing to grow its membership base, with more than 190 members from across the Moreton Bay Region.
Riders range in age from as young as three-years-old right up to adults.
The Caboolture BMX Club regularly host learn to ride sessions and race competitions, which can draw in hundreds of BMX riders.
Shaun hopes to see the club grow bigger over the next few years and welcome more keen riders.
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