NEWS

Welcome to the Erik Goetzinger BMX News.

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Oceanside BMX AGM and Planning Meeting

Oceanside BMX will be holding their AGM and 2013 Planning Meeting on Tuesday, February 19th from 7 to 9 PM.

Where:  Coombs Fair & Agriculture Association Grounds.

Address:  1014 Ford Road, Coombs, BC

AGM:

The AGM is where reports from the 2012 season will be presented and a new executive will be elected.  If you have any interest in running for a position on the Oceanside BMX Executive, please contact Trisha Grecht.  The information is on the sidebar to the right.

Planning Meeting:

The planning meeting is very important as this is where the 2013 racing season planning will take place.  If you have any interest in helping on race nights or when there is a work party to improve the track, this is the meeting you need to be at.  The saying "Many Hands Make Light Work" is very true when it comes to providing a BMX race program.  Please come out and support your track.



July 2012 Riders Clinic

Hello Racers

 Oceanside BMX is hosting a race clinic!

We are taking a limited number of riders for this exciting clinic so please email me at rgrecht@shaw.ca if you would like to attend!

 

Training Clinic

We will be having a training clinic to hone skills before the Nanaimo National.

All profits to go to Race For Life.

 

Cost:  $25.00 per day

Date: Monday July 2, 2012

Time: 9:00am-2:00pm

Tuesday July 3, 2012

Time: 12:00pm-5:00pm

Location:  Erik Goetzinger BMX Park

 

Lunch and refreshments will be provided on Monday

Dinner provided on Tuesday and No race fee!

 

Our head trainer is Santiago Young

From the Yess Factory Team and a certified

Cycling BC BMX Coach

 

Along with Santiago get trained from some of the fastest female amateurs on the island;

 

Michelle Berti

Erin Sawatski

Aleasha Wiebe

Alison Grecht

 

The 2012 Season Almost Here: Information

Hi Everyone

Only a week away from starting our 2012 season at Oceanside BMX!

Please take a look at our new website oceansidebmx.ca and let us know what you think. Our facebook page and the ABA website have all been changed to reflect our Society change to Oceanside BMX.

In the fees section on the website you will see something we have offered for a few years that until last year wasn’t often utilized.

It is our Seasons Pass, we have sweetened the deal with a total of 4 races for free if you purchase the pass.

The prices for the Pass are as follows:

$112.00 for first family member

$192.00 for two family members or a rider racing two classes

$280.00 maximum per family

This pass does not include our new Scholarship race or any double point race such as the Provincial Qualifier or the Race for Life.

When you purchase your pass we will give you a receipt for tax purposes and we will enter you in our file system. The great thing is when you come to the track your race fees are taken care of!

Another thing we have implemented at our track this year is the trophy buy back.

March 2012 News

The racing season at the Erik Goetzinger BMX Park is fast approaching!

 

Season Opener Clinic is April 23rd!

Our First Race is April 24th!

 

We are having a planning meeting on Tuesday March 6 7pm at Tim Horton’s in Parksville.

Everyone is always welcome to attend!

 

Our first and biggest work party will be on March 17 and 18 between 9am-5pm

We have a lot of work to get ready for the season, and we have planned many improvements as well. 

We have organized machinery and material donations for these days, and the amount we can accomplish depends on the volunteers that attend.

A core group will be there and as always we appreciate ANY help that you can give, even if it is only for an hour or two.

Below is an overview of the planned work. 

Staging Improvement Project

  • Widen the staging hill to 27’.
  • Place concrete blocks on both sides of the hill.
  • Install poles to create shutes for moto staging.

 

Track Work

  • Rebuild first corner.
  • Widen table on last straight.
  • Rebuild all obstacles on 2nd and 3rd straight.
  • Weeding and grooming of track surface.
  • Trenching and burying of conduit for speaker wires.
  • Installation of two new lock boxes for speaker wires.
  • Paint starting gate.
  • Cut branches off of cedar tree for better view of track.

 

Moto Shed

  • Pressure wash exterior of both buildings to prep for paint.
  • Paint over graffiti with base coat.
  • Decorate Moto shed with attractive graffiti.
  • Install new Erik Goetzinger BMX Park sign.
  • Organize the Moto shed shelving.
  • Trophy organizing and building. (could be done at home)

Exciting New Society Changes!

For 2012 the Erik Goetzinger BMX Society will be changing its name to the Oceanside BMX Society!

The track will remain the Erik Goetzinger BMX Park and a new sign is being made to honor Erik.

2012 District Numbers

Here are the District Plate Numbers for 2012.  All you need to do is click on the class that you or your child raced in and then look for your name.  The number in front of the name is your District Plate Number.

Happy Holidays & 2012 BMX Planning!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

It doesn't seem like it's been 3 months since our last race and the time until the 2012 season begins will go by in a flash.  To help get you in the mood, check out the 2012 Erik Goetzinger BMX schedule.  Just click on the Schedule tab at the top of the site.

The ABA has also released the the 2012 Canadian National Schedule.

May 11-13:  Canadian Nationals, Chilliwack, BC.

June 8-10:  Rattler Nationals, Vernon, BC.

July 6-8:  Harbour City Nationals, Nanaimo, BC.

August 3-5:  Borderline Nationals, Langley, BC.

August 17-19:  Limestone Nationals, Kingston, ON.

October 5-7:  Canadian Grands, Chilliwack, BC.


Riders Clinic!

Racing at Erlk Goetzinger BMX is in full swing and there have been some amazing races taking place each Tuesday.  If you want to become a better racer, practice and riding your bike as much as possible is important and a riders clinic is a great way too.

We will be holding a Riders Clinic at Erik Goetzinger on Thursday, June 23rd from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.

Cost $10.00

All proceeds from the clinic will be donated to the Race for Life fund and the Children’s Hospital!

The Clinic will be instructed by Josh Pedersen long time expert rider in 19-27 expert class and Cnag rider from Nanaimo.

With the help of some of our local expert riders you will improve your gate, riding style and passing skills.

Come on out and help raise money for the Race for Life and get some great training to become a better rider!!!!!!!

Please sign up at the Moto Shed or talk to Trisha Grecht for more info.

Parents, Please Read!!!

Dear Parents:

Please take the time to read this information as it's very important.

1.  Your child MUST have a parent or designated guardian at the track from the time they arrive at the track, until they leave.  In the event they get injured or if their bike has any problem, your child needs you there to care for them.  If you have to leave the track for any reason please make sure someone you trust knows you're leaving and knows to watch out for your child.

2.  Your child MUST have the following apparel when they are riding or racing the track on race nights.  This is taken directly from the ABA Rule Book.  From this point on, if a racer doesn't have the appropriate riding apparel they Will Not Be Allowed On The Track.

Please take the time to read this information and make sure your child has what they need to race.  If you have any questions about gear or how to "buckle" up a helmet, please ask.  That's what the volunteers are their for.

A. Apparel 


1. All riders must wear helmets with a permanent strap attached; snaps are not allowed. Helmets must have sufficient padding and be of good quality. The ABA highly recommends a full-face helmet or a helmet that covers the ears.

Big, Huge Race Weekend!

OK, May Long Weekend is a huge weekend of racing on Vancouver Island.  Race one, race some or race all.  Here's the schedule.

Friday, May 20:  VIC#2, Victoria BMX.  Sign-up is from 7:00-7:30 PM.  $7.00

Saturday, May 21:  Provincial #1, Victoria BMX.  Sign-up from 9:00-9:45 AM.

Saturday, May 21:  Provincial #2, Nanaimo BMX.  Sign-up from 3:00-4:00 PM.

Sunday, May 22:  Provincial #3, Erik Goetzinger BMX.  Sign-up from 10:00-11:00 AM
                                
Monday, May 23:  Provincial #4, Coal Hills BMX.  Sign-up from 12:00-1:00 PM

The fee for each Provincial race is $15.00 per class.  There is no family discount.

2011 Work Party and Other Information

Work Party Information

The 2011 season is just around the corner with our first racing taking place on Tuesday, May 3rd.  To help get the track ready to race we will be holding a work party on Saturday, April 9th beginning at 9:00 AM.  The project will be to add dirt to the start hill and re-shape the first corner, along with general grooming and repair of the track.  The more people that help the more can be done.  Lunch will be provided.  Even if you can only give a couple of hours, any help will be greatly appreciated.

Changes to 1/2 Track Program

In order to accommodate the requirement to have our 1/2 tracker racers under the track insurance and the ever increasing cost of awards that are given out to our 1/2 trackers the following changes will be made for 2011.  A membership fee of $20.00 will be assessed along with a race fee of $2.00 per race.

Vancouver Island Challenge Series

The four Vancouver Island tracks have came up with a new format for the Vancouver Island Challenge Series.  Each track will hold a qualifying race during the year and the finals will be held at Coal Hills BMX.  The Provincial points system will still be used, however VIC Champions will be crowned for Novice, Intermediate and Expert classes in each age group instead of Age Only Champions as in years past.  To add another incentive to attend each qualifying race, each track will be awarding Dog Tags of a different colour.  To get the full set you'll need to race each qualifier.  Stay tuned for the complete format and rules.

2011 District Numbers

Hear are the 2011 District Numbers.  You have the choice of running your earned National, NAG or District number during the 2011 race season.

Date Change for Season Opening Clinic and Race

The 2011 racing schedule has been revised. 

The race clinic and registration that was to have been held on Monday, April 25th has been re-scheduled to Monday, May 2nd due to the Easter long weekend.

The first race of the season will now be Tuesday, May 3rd, instead of April 26th.

New Executive Elected for 2011

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Hello Goetzinger BMX Members

 

Tuesday Feb 8th was our AGM for the 2011 season. Thank you for all those who were in attendance. We have made some exciting changes to the track and to our executive group.  First off I would like to extend my thanks to Gerald Trees on behalf of the club for all his hard work and dedication as the tracks President. You will still see Gerald at the track racing and announcing but, he has decided not to run for President this year.  Also we need to thank our amazing Treasurer/Refreshment Lady Leanne Mackenzie she has decided to step down as Treasurer this year.

Our new elected executive for 2011 is as follows:

President                     Trisha Grecht

Vice President Rod Spencer

Treasurer                    Laurie Jordan

Secretary                    Sara Paddock

Director at Large       Tom Zanchetta

 

As you know our club is run by volunteers and any help you can give us on race night is always appreciated. We have many little jobs each Tuesday from sign up, raking the track, finish line, or marshalling on the corners, if you would like to help with any of these jobs  please let us know.

Erik Goetzinger BMX General Meeting / AGM / Planning Meeting

What:  

Erik Goetzinger BMX Society General Meeting, Annual Genera Meeting and 2011 Season Planning Meeting

When:  Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Time:  7:00 PM

Where:  

Arrowsmith Fairgrounds Meeting Room, across the parking lot from the Arrowsmith Hall.

The Erik Goetzinger BMX Society will be holding three meetings in one on February 8th, 2011.  

The first meeting, a General Meeting, will be to vote on changes to the societies bylaws.    The proposed by-laws can be found by clicking the BYLAWS tab at the top.

The second meeting will be the Annual General Meeting and the primary business will be electing the executive of the society for 2011.  All positions are open and they include the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Director at Large.  Nominations can be submitted via email to gtrees@shaw.ca no later then 1 week prior to the meeting or from the floor at the meeting.

The third meeting will be the initial planning meeting for 2011.  The newly elected executive will preside over this meeting.

Marie Davidson

Marie Davidson
May 3, 1942 - December 12, 2010

Marie Davidson, age 68, passed away at peace and without pain in her home surrounded by family on December 12, 2010 following a courageous battle with lung cancer.

...Born on May 3, 1942, in York County, Toronto, Ontario with no real roots of her own, Marie lived her life in service to others including her children and grandchildren; her many foster kids and their families; and thousands of BMX riders and Sea Cadets all over British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. Marie had a special gift of being able to bring out the best in people through unconditional acceptance, genuine caring, and understanding. In her generous spirit, her heart and home were always open to anyone in need. Her fondness for all things in nature included a love for bears, her special friends the raccoons (Ricky’s), and most of all her cats, Ms. Pootie’s Friend and Mr. Luke.

Marie was known as Nan, Nanny, Nanny-Marie, Mom, Mammy, Wilma, Gree, Mare, Maria, Mary, and Queen Marie to family and friends. For the past 40 years, Marie served as a foster “mom” to more than 140 children. Since 1992, she has been instrumental in raising over $250,000 for the BC Children’s Hospital through annual ABA BMX Race for Life events. In her words, “it is all about kids helping kids”. Marie was an Honorary Member of the Branch 256 Legion; a director of the Navy League of Canada Nanaimo Branch; chairperson for the Canadian ABA BMX Tracks; and, President of the Nanaimo BMX Association. In recognition for her dedication and commitment, Marie received numerous awards. Most recently, she was inducted into the BMX Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Rotary Paul Harris Society Service Award.

Marie is survived by her sons Michael (Katherine), Robert, and Joseph; and, five grandchildren, Jason, Brett, Ryan, James, and Trevor. She is further survived by two step grandchildren Jacqui and Elliot Wyman; her daughter-in-law Anna Davidson; and the many foster children and their families.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 8th, 2011 in the Auditorium at the Beban Park Community Centre, 2300 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC.

A memorial fund has been established in her name with the BC Children's’ Hospital. Donations can be made online www.bcchf.ca or your gift can be mailed to: BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, c/o Tribute Program, 938 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H4.

We would like to thank the staff of the VIHA Community Nurses & Home Care and the Red Cross for enabling us to fulfill Marie’s desire to remain at home. Heartfelt thanks to Jan McIntyre, Home Care Nurse, for her compassionate care.

“The only thing you take with you when you’re gone is what you leave behind.”
John Allston

Thank You!

The 2010 racing season at Erik Goetzinger BMX is in the books and what a final race it was.  We had 15 motos and 4 half trackers come out to take part in the season finally and some great racing took place in all categories.

Prior to racing Autumn Spencer was recognized for moving up to the "girls" class after earning her 8th win as a Novice the week before.

One of the most exciting races of the night took place in the 11 Novice class where Blayre Paddock was looking for her 8th win as a Novice.  It came down to the 3rd round and Blayre won at the line for the overall win and a move up to the "girls" class.  

The 2010 season was a lot of fun and this could only have happened with the help of exceptional volunteers and parents who bring out the racers week after week.

Erik Goetzinger BMX would like to thank everyone who was involved in racing in 2010 and we look forward to see everyone back in 2011.

Redline Cup and Provincial Finals Information

Please click on the downloads for information on the Redline Cup weekend which will be held the weekend of September 10th through 12th and the Provincial Finals which will be held the weekend of September 24th through 26th.

Alex Grecht

Alex Grecht

For each National event the ABA creates stickers to commemorate the event.  For the Gateway Nationals in Prince George, Erik Goetzinger member Alex Grecht was the rider chosen to be on the sticker, much to the surprise and delight of his parents.  

Congratulations Alex!

2010 Vancouver Island Champions

2010 Vancouver Island Champions

2010 Vancouver Island Champions

 

 

7 Girls             Tianna Fretz

 

8 Girls             Adicus Bird

 

10 Girls           Allison Grecht

 

7 Boys             Aiden Grecht

 

8 Boys             Alex Grecht

 

9 Boys             Brett Cunard

 

10 Boys           Lukas Ferguson

 

11 Boys           Benjamin Leslie

 

13 Boys           Mackay Leslie

 

19 – 27 Boys   Chris Jeffery

 

28 + Boys       Rob Brooks

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