Liz Levy, Suffolk Park
What a wonderful facility the pump track in Suffolk Park has turned out to be. Every time I go past I see the hive of activity – all ages and all cooperating in joyous harmony. Lots of community, lots of spectators who will soon be benefiting from the landscaping and extra comforts to come.
While organised sports are great and keep kids active for a couple of hours on a training night and the same again on the weekend, the pump track offers encouragement to leave the screens and couch seven days a week – including kids otherwise turned off physical activity by the traditional options on offer. And they are certainly responding!
Who knows, with the inclusion of BMX riding in the Olympics and an Australian gold medal already, the Byron Shire may yet nurture another Olympic champion.
Congratulations to the Suffolk Park Progress Association, especially Phillipe Soria, who worked for years to bring this vision to fruition.