Meet The Bayside BMX Team

SEAN O'CONNOR

President

Sean started riding BMX in the mid 1980s with his sisters. They didn’t live near a club so his dad built them a track they could ride with the other kids in the area. After his bike got stolen in the mid 90s, Sean switched to racing Mountain Bike and road but returned to BMX in 2015 when his daughters started riding. “I couldn’t get them off training wheels and randomly a really great BMX coach in Townsville stepped them back to balance bikes. We moved to Brisbane a month later, found Bayside and the rest is history”. Sean loves BMX as it is a sport the whole family can be a part of. Why the race number 138? I had no idea what number to run. When it was time to pick a number I had just been listening to the Misfits song ‘We are 138’ so I went with that. Sean volunteers as coach for the beginner & under 8s with the aim of helping the kids develop skills and confidence to get them ready for racing. Outside of BMX when not raising 4 kids, Sean is an engineering project manager with electrical, electronics and mechanical trades and an MBA in Supply Chain & Logistics. He also volunteers as the Deputy Chair for the State Consultative Committee for Workplace Deaths and Serious injuries to support families who have lost loved ones & lobby for improvements in WH&S & Electrical Safety laws.

Wayne Macchion

Vice President

Wayne got into BMX in February 2021 when his youngest child Vinnie started racing. Wayne also raced mountain bikes (but that was last century). Wayne is super pumped he chose Bayside as their home track with its community atmosphere and friendly crew. It has made him an avid promoter of the sport and the club, so much so that he joined the committee as vice president. Wayne says he is always happy to help out whenever he can. Wayne’s other job outside of the club is raising his three kids and occasionally pushing pixels around on a screen as UX/UI designer.

 

Laura Fanning

Secretary

This is Laura’s 5th year at Bayside and Brody is only 9! It’s a great club to be part of. The Fanning’s look forward to every gate night and club race day. They believe the volunteer spirit shines through each week and especially for our big State series events and shootout rounds. Laura is looking forward to joining the committee as Secretary. So much has been achieved in 5 years and Laura knows there are lots of exciting times ahead for our riders. PS – Laura is the lady behind making the amazing fudge sold at our big race days too.

 

Leigh McCarthy

Treasurer

Leigh and her husband Troy first brought their boy Liam down for a ride as a mini wheeer and soon became hooked moving onto his micro in no time at all. It wasn’t long before Flynn decided he wanted in on the action and was signed up to. A mini wheeler! Not to be left out Jacko also jumped in a bike and before they knew it they were trudging along to gate nights and race days. Leigh wanted to help give back to the club and with her knowledge and background Treasuer was the perfect fit. The McCarthys are always there to lend a hand with track maintenance, it’s a family affair with all members pitching in whenever the club needs it! 

 

Melanie Warren

Registrar

Mel has been part of BMX for 13yrs and although you won’t find Mel on a bike (try as we might) she loves the sport as much as we do! As Team Manager for Lauren, Mel keeps her in the right place at the right time with the necessary gear for all events and says that alone is a FULL TIME job. Mel has an amazing understanding of the sport and every thing that it entails from bike size, to plates, rules and regulations and everything in between. If you have a question about the sport Mel is your go to. Mel’s love for volunteering and BMX officials course has brought her to officiate at Club, Local and State levels.

THOMAS KEE

Assistant Registrar

Tom has been part of Bayside BMX Club for around 6yrs. Tom’s sons Mic and Frank are keen BMX riders and have been riding for 7yrs for Mic and 1yr for Frank Back in the day you may have seen Tom racing around the track a few times, however it didn’t take him too long to reconsider. Tom owns and runs a phenomenal shop called The Roll Shop he figures BMX accident = No shop open.

Dan Buckby

Track Director

Dan’s daughter Isla joined bayside bmx at the end of 2021. The club was very helpful with her starting out and though out the year. Dan decided to join in buying a bike himself . Growing up in Wynnum, the track was more than familiar to me. When not spending time with my wonderful wife and two girls I am a site manager for a commercial building company. 

Kirsten Hinchcliffe

Grants Officer

Kirsten has been a member of the club for over four years. Her daughters and husband are big fans of the sport and Kirsten enjoys being involved in the club. “Being a part of this club has been great for us all; the people are friendly and supportive.”

Lauren Cavasin

Sponsorship, social media, Under 8’s & Mini Wheeler Coach

Mel’s wife Lauren joined Bayside BMX Club in 2019, Lauren rides not only for fun and fitness but to race and compete. Lauren decided sitting on the sideline wasn’t as fun and she wanted a piece of the action so she secured herself a 20″ and away she went! Lauren choose to focus on her 24″ cruiser in 2021 but continues to race both bikes. Lauren loves the sport and the wonderful opportunities it brings for her to get out and enjoy the many tracks QLD has to offer as a family sport Lauren races in the 40-44 year age bracket and loves the sport so much she would ride everyday if she could! Lauren loves to see the younger kids out there having a go, having fun and finding their love for the sport. She promotes that love of BMX by coaching the Mini Wheelers and under 8’s trackside each week

Nickky Cranney

Canteen Assistant

I have been a part of the club since around November 2022 , you will find me running around in the canteen or out supporting my daughter. I got into BMX through friends encouragement but also Savannah’s interest in all things bikes. The people & the atmosphere at Bayside is what makes you want to be a part of something that builds community connection. I love that I have recently purchased my own bike, cruising around with my daughter enjoying everything BMX has to offer.

Wade Hinchcliffe

General Committee Member & under 8 coach

Wade used to race when he was young and now races again because of his girls. Wade loves riding, racing, and everything that BMX has done for him: fitness, fun, meeting cool people, and keeping him young at heart.

Wade also coaches the under 8s to help boost their basic bike skills and confidence to get them race ready. “It’s awesome to see them have a go and I hope that I can help them along the way, and also be a role model for them to look up to! I’m more than happy to help your kids get better and love to see them succeed and learn to love the sport!”

Sharon Bourne

General Committee Member

Sharon started riding shortly after her boys joined the club in September 2021. After learning the hard way that speed and a lack of skill are a dangerous combination, she now takes things a bit easier on the track.

It’s Sharon’s hope that more mums will take up the sport so we can have a full (mum) gate at Sunday racing.

When not chauffeuring Max and Charlie to various tracks/parks/play dates, she can usually be found at a piano practicing, teaching, and accompanying.

Ricky Olfacius

General Committee Member

Ricky is a newcomer to Bayside BMX Club. With a background in live events and technical production, it didn’t take long for Ricky to find a way to get involved by helping out in a small way on track during club events.

His expired passion for MTB from what seems like eons ago is gently being restoked in the BMX realm. Ricky’s keen to work alongside the existing team to ensure Bayside BMX continues to operate as a wonderful track and club for all its riders and families.

Become part of our Committee

The committee comprises of Mums and Dads from all walks of life; most have never been involved in BMX or knew anything about bikes until their kids started racing.

The Bayside BMX Club is run by the riders and/or their Mums and Dads. We share a deep passion for the sport and the community built around it. Whilst most of the visible work can be seen on gate nights and racing nights, there are behind-the-scenes works being undertaken at all times. The existing team comprises of people from different backgrounds. This diversity has continually contributed to the growth and the dynamics of the club.

New committee members are always welcome. Whether you want to learn more about the sport, interested in the mechanics of the bikes, keen on making a difference, or simply want to be part of an exciting group, the Bayside BMX Club has a place for you! Monthly meetings are typically held on the third Wednesday of every month.

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