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Hunter BMX prodigy Carter Dorman cycling to world championships


It’s every sportsman or sportswoman’s dream to represent Australia one day.

So, to do it at the age of 10 is quite amazing.

But, that’s what Lake Macquarie youngster Carter Dorman will achieve when he dons the “green and gold” at next month’s 2023 UCI BMX World Challenge Championships in Scotland.

Ten-year-old Carter Dorman at the Maitland Tenambit BMX Club. Photo: Rod Thompson

The Avondale School Year 4 student, ranked number four in the nation, is bound for Glasgow with his Aussie team-mates, including fellow Maitland Tenambit BMX Club members Luke Patroni and Noah Joyce, between 6 and 9 August.

And, he’s itching to make his mark on the international stage.

“It is really, really exciting… I can’t wait,” Dorman said.

“I had the chance to ride for Australia before, after gaining selection, but I couldn’t because something else came up.

“So, I’m happy to get another opportunity.

“It just shows that young kids can do anything they want if they put in enough hard work.”

Carter Dorman is looking forward to next month’s 2023 UCI BMX World Challenge Championships in Scotland. Photo: Rod Thompson

For Dorman, it’s been a natural progression from the day he hopped on a two-wheeler.

“I’ve loved riding from the very beginning,” he said.

“As soon as I learned how to ride a bike, I couldn’t get off.

“When I was two or three, I’d wake my parents up in the middle of the night.

“I’d say ‘bike’, hoping I could go for a ride when it was pitch black.

“Then, my mum found out there was a BMX track going in at San Remo, which is one of my home tracks along with Maitland Tenambit, so we started going there.

“Whenever she said it was time to leave, I’d throw a tantrum and lay on the jumps to stay,” he added with a laugh.

“Now, I’ve been riding BMX for the past six-and-a-half years.

“In November, I made the final at the Aussies in Tasmania, which allowed me to get my No 4 ranking.

“I usually train four times a week, and compete at one race day, but I’ve been doing extras with my coach Lachlan Moore because of the worlds.”

While Australia is sending a huge contingent overseas, as a team, the Cooranbong local has a couple of individual goals in mind, too.

“In the 10 years boys’ category, we’ve got three heats, a round of 16, quarter-finals, semis and a final,” Dorman told the Newcastle Weekly.

“So, it’s a lot of racing if you continue to do well.

“I’m aiming for top eight… anything better is icing on the cake.

“If I can do that, I’ll obtain my W-plate.

“That allows me to run on that plate for the year, so it’s my main focus.

“I know it won’t be easy, up against the best in Australia and the world, but I’ll give it everything I’ve got.

“I finished second in the Oceanias, so that gives me a bit of confidence.”

Maitland Tenambit BMX Club member Carter Dorman. Photo: Rod Thompson

With BMX a current Olympic sport – it will take place at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Stadium in Paris 2024, Dorman is keen to follow in the footsteps of two of Australia’s greats, Caroline Buchanan and Sam Willoughby.

“I’m a fan of Kai Sakakibara as well, who’s out of racing at the moment,” he said.

“However, it would be great to go to the Olympics for Australia, especially with Brisbane hosting it in 2032.

“There’s a lot of work for me to do between now and then.

“But, my mum and dad, and my brother Cody, are really supportive – and I’m appreciative of that.

“I’ve also got a good team sponsor in Sic Surface, as well as some good coaches around me.

“So, who knows what will happen in the future?”

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