Olympic Student Project teaches BMX to 50 kids in Novo Hamburgo – Sports

Saturday morning was essentially the most excessive of a month for a bunch of 50 youngsters and youngsters. The kids are taking part in the Olympic Student Project, an initiative that teaches bikecross free of charge. Classes are held at Grêmio Atiradores Novo Hamburgo, an entity that has BMX in its DNA. The membership has the primary personal cyclocross observe in Brazil and is the birthplace of champions.

Tales Gaertner Michel, 12, is already serious about competing in BMX
Photo: Deborah Ertel/GES-Special

According to Samuel Henman, the challenge receives funding from firms in the area by the Sports Incentives Act (LIE), guaranteeing uniforms and protecting tools for all college students in addition to bicycles. The Olympic scholar was born in the second half of 2021 with 40 contributors aged 6 to 17 years. In this version, in addition to serving Novo Hamburgo, the kids and youth of Campo Bom and São Leopoldo have been additionally introduced underneath an funding of R$ 200,000. “We are already fundraising for the third version. By 2023 we would like to serve 100 youngsters”, stated Henman. The concept is to open two new facilities, one in town of Esteo and the opposite in Caxias do Sul.


Participation in the challenge requires the dedication of scholars and their households. Classes final one hour, accessible at three totally different occasions. Athletes are divided into groups in accordance to their capacity and lessons proceed till January 2023. “They can solely have three excused absences. After that, they’re transferred and vacancies are opened for others. In the top, we now have to show 80% participation”, explains Henman. In every model of the challenge, totally different college students are chosen.

The crew additionally depends on coach Marcio Machado, who has been educating BMX for ten years, volunteer Rafael (*50*), dwelling silver and BMX athlete, and bodily educator Thiago de Souza.

Ant work

For Henman, the Olympics are beginning somewhat ant work to worth the game in the coed municipality and thus, discover new BMX expertise. According to him, eight of the 40 college students who participated in the primary version have enrolled at Atiradores School to proceed their lessons.

Perhaps that is the longer term for 12-yr-outdated Tales Gaertner Michel, who attends Escola Municipal Nilo Peçanha. “I did not know something about BMX and I feel it is nice”, says the boy, who pays consideration to the trainer’s directions. Despite solely being in class for a month, Tales is already serious about taking part in the championship.

The boy’s mom, Kristian Gaertner, 38, follows her son’s lessons intently and stated she was shocked by Telles’ need to compete. “A month earlier than lessons began right here, I bought the bikes as a result of they have been lazy. Now I’ve to purchase one other one.”

Self-employed Rafael Michel, 35, watched over the information Machado gave his son Enzo Michel, 6. The baby was in his second grade this Saturday. “Take it straightforward, you will get the grasp of this bike. Pack and trip and it’ll work”, taught the trainer.

A champion amongst newcomers

Yago Machado, 20 years old, is a four-time Pan-American champion

Yago Machado, 20 years outdated, is a 4-time Pan-American champion
Photo: Deborah Ertel/GES-Special

One who’s following the challenge intently is athlete Yago Machado, son of coach Marcio Machado. Iago, who began in BMX on the age of 8, has 4 Brazilian championships, six state championships, is a 4-time Pan-American champion and a 4-time semi-finalist on the world championships, as soon as as runner-up. He is the North American champion and at the moment ranked sixth in the world in the 17 to 24 age class. Because of the game, Iago has already visited 16 international locations and goals to safe a spot on the Paris Olympics in 2024. “It’s simply lacking. The subsequent yr began to get scoring spots”, he stated.

He began training bikecross in Atiradores and commented that at the moment there was no social initiative to encourage the observe of the game. “This challenge is nice for kids”, he concludes.

What is BMX?

BMX, also referred to as bicyclecross, originated in the Sixties and Seventies and was impressed by motocross. Young Americans needed to emulate the tips of the idols, however as a result of they did not have the tools, they used filth observe bikes. Thus was born Bicycle Moto Cross (BMX).

BMX occasions are held in heats with eight athletes main up to the finals. Bicycles utilized by opponents have 20″ wheels in addition to a gear and a brake.
BMX grew to become an Olympic sport after the Beijing Games in 2008.

Source: Sport Network

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