INVERLOCH BMX ace Josh Bertacco has more than proven his worth against some of the best young riders in the country.
The 10 year-old Inverloch Primary School student recently competed at the BMX Australia National Series, held in Brisbane.
Despite torrential rain and frequent thunderstorms making the track difficult for all riders, Josh managed to impress when placed against 95 seriously skilled competitors.
Josh’s dad, Jamie, cheered the youngster on from the sidelines all weekend.
“He finished third in his first few races, which was just fantastic,” Jamie explained.
“He managed to qualify for the U11 final but unfortunately suffered a chain malfunction in that race.
“But he still finished eighth in the final and I was very proud of him.”
Josh began riding three years ago and has continued to improve after joining the Frankston BMX Club.
The recent Queensland competition marked the first time he’d competed at a national level, and he’s hungry for more.
“There’s a break now due to the end of the season and he’ll concentrate on footy and basketball, but he’s keen to get back into it later in the year,” Jamie added.
“The experience in Brisbane was massive for him and he learnt a lot.
“Not only was it the biggest track he’d ever competed on, but there were over 3000 other riders there.”