Daytona pedals her way towards the State’s best

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Daytona Longbottom, 11, got into BMX racing after watching her younger brother Denver, 7, compete.
Camera IconDaytona Longbottom, 11, got into BMX racing after watching her younger brother Denver, 7, compete. Credit: South Western Times/Bunbury Herald, Jon Gellweiler.

Bunbury Primary School student Daytona Longbottom had a successful school holidays, securing herself a second place finish at the 2018 BMX Sports Western Australia State Championships.

The Year 6 pocket rocket travelled to Kalgoorlie during the first week of the holidays with her family to compete in the under 11 girls category after taking up the sport at the beginning of last year.

“The event was really hard, we knew it was always going to be hard, but we never thought we would make it this far,” she said.

“There was this humongous crash on the first jump, so mum just closed her eyes and hoped I came out the other side.”

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Daytona took up BMX racing in early 2017 after watching her younger brother Denver compete and wanting a piece of the action.

“I think I got faster because I have to race all the boys when we race at home,” she said.

Gracious in her achievement, Daytona said she would love to see more girls having a go at the sport, offering to help introduce them to the sport.

“I would help them, everybody needs some help along the way – even I need it,” she said.

“They don’t have to like it, but they could always just give it a go.”

Bunbury Primary School associate principal Franca Dillon was thrilled to see students seizing out-of-school opportunities and was proud of what Daytona achieved.

She said she was sure the young rider would continue to improve.

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