LETHBRIDGE BMX HISTORY

Since 1979

The beginning

No one is quite sure where the first organized Canadian BMX racing was established, but we are certain that Lethbridge BMX formed in 1979 was among the first few. Our first year consisted of 12 riders racing in an area down in the current Fort Whoop-Up park. The following year we were moved to a coulee just off the north side of the city. Neither of these first two tracks were very permanent. The first "real" track with extensive obstacles and a mechanical starting gate was located next door to Marshalls Auto Wreckers off of the highway between Lethbridge and Coaldale. That lasted until 1982 and in 1983 a new home was found. At this time BMX was starting to really gain numbers and grow in popularity and land was donated in the area between the Southern Alberta Rehabilitation Society and what was then a racquetball court. This lasted another couple years (and featured a cool over-under bridge as part of the track) until the land fell under new ownership and we had to level the track. After some negotiations with the city we landed our current location in 1985 and have been there ever since. The track itself has seen many incarnations as the design of the obstacles change and progress with the sport.

1. Overall Points

One of two awards dating back to 1980. This award goes to the rider with the highest amount of points overall for the entire club

1980  Scott Stoinski 1981 Tyler Hamilton 1982 Darcy Quapp
1983 Dean Wiebe 1984 Darren Williams 1985 Robyn Walker
1986 Dean Kendall 1987 Sean Gillam 1988 Michael Miller
1989 Tyler Hamilton 1990 Michael Gerstenbuhler 1991 Casey Wilson
1992 Casey Wilson 1993 Scott Clark 1994 Scott Clark & Richard Petrik
1995 Scott Clark 1996 Aaron Lepp 1997 Aaron Lepp
1998 Lucas Slawson 1999 Brett Bates 2000 Ethan Loxton
2001 Autin Higgins 2002 Scott Grenier 2003 Matthew Jackson
2004 Kyndrilyn Perverseff 2005 Cam Lavorato 2006 Cam Lavorato
2007 Cam Lavorato 2008 Cam Lavorato 2009 Cam Lavorato
2010 Cam Lavorato 2011 Kylar Van Ee 2012 Kylar Van Ee
2013 Kylar Van Ee 2014 Darren Williams 2015 Jordan Vander Woude
2016 Jordan Vander Woude and Kendra Enns (tie) 2017 Liam Kitt
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2. Most Popular Rider

One of two awards dating back to 1980. This award is voted on by the riders at the year-end awards banquet

1980  Darcy Quapp 1981 Darcy Quapp 1982 Wade Allen
1983 Wade Allen 1984 Wade Allen 1985 Paul Desjardins
1986 ??? 1987 Dean Kendall 1988 Tyler Hamilton
1989 Tyler Hamilton 1990 Calvin Kimmitt 1991 Calvin Kimmitt
1992 Jon Rondeau 1993 Richard Petrik 1994 Janks Trotter
1995 Scott Clark 1996 Scott Clark 1997 Scott Clark
1998 Ryan Warkentin 1999 Jeff Lastuka 2000 Aaron Lepp
2001 Aaron Lepp 2002 Aaron Lepp 2003 Aaron Lepp
2004 Shane Clark 2005 Shane Clark 2006 Cam Lavorato
2007 Cam Lavorato 2008 Cam Lavorato 2009 Cam Lavorato
2010 Cam Lavorato 2011 Cam Lavorato 2012 Cam Lavorato
2013 Kiana Van Ee 2014 Riley Lavorato 2015 Riley Lavorato
2016 Riley Lavorato 2017 Riley Lavorato
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3. President's Award

Since  1986. This award is determined by the club President each year

1986 Terrence Sheen 1987 Ryan Kultgen 1988 Keane Block
1989 Casey Wilson 1990 Terry Jones 1991 Lorne Trotter
1992 Vern & Colleen Jones & Family 1993 Shaun & Heather Stevens-Sims 1994 Brett Erickson
1995 Scott Clark 1996 Lorne Trotter & Kay Morrison 1997 Mallory Kristjanson
1998 Andrew Basaraba 1999 Brent & Brayden Bates 2000 Ethan Loxton
2001 Grenier Family 2002 Aaron Lepp & Scott Brown 2003 Justin Gundlock
2004 Shane Clark 2005 Shane Clark 2006 Darren Williams
2007 Kyle Van Ee 2008 Darren Williams 2009 Tracy Lavorato
2010 Darren Williams 2011 Loren Enns 2012 Deborah Williams
2013 Troy Williams 2014 Riley Lavorato 2015 Mike Schmidtler & Troy Mihalicz
2016 Deborah Williams 2017 Bryan Donald
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4. Crash Test Dummy Male

Since 1995. This award is voted on by the executive at season end

1995 Dan "Fall Down" Clark 1996 Jeb Trotter 1997 Ryan Warkentin
1998 Scott Brown 1999 Ed Lepp 2000 Mathew Basaraba
2001 Bob Higgins 2002 Aaron Lepp 2003 Kyle Van Ee
2004 Shane Clark 2005 Pete Delauw 2006 Skylar Reid
2007 Michael Bennett 2008 Kurtis McLeod 2009 Kyle Van Ee
2010 Tristan McLennan 2011 Tyler Enns 2012 Damian Williams & Tyler Enns
2013 James Croke 2014 Tyler Enns 2015 Vernon Remesz
2016 Ethan Kitt 2017 Noh Gartshore & Chase Petrik
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5. Overall Points 8 & Under

Since 1999. This award was created for the younger riders, so they had an overall award to call their own. It is for both male and female under the age of 8

1999 Eric Hinman 2000 Ethan Loxton 2001 Austin Higgins
2002 Austin Higgins 2003 Austin Higgins 2004 Kylar Van Ee
2005 Kylar Van Ee 2006 Riley Lavorato 2007 Riley Lavorato
2008 Matteo Sieber-Borath 2009 Braelynn Mann 2010 Jarred Vanderhulst
2011 Troy Puttick (Williams) 2012 Troy Willams 2013 Devin VanderVeen
2014 Maverick Leray 2015 Bogart Ferguson 2016 Liam Kitt
2017 Liam Kitt
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6. Overall Points Boys 9 & Over

Since 2000. This award was created for the male riders over 9 as a complement to the 8 and under overall points trophy

2000 Aaron Lepp 2001 Ethan Loxton 2002 James Hatfield
2003 Matthew Jackson 2004 Cam Lavorato 2005 Cam Lavorato
2006 Cam Lavorato 2007 Cam Lavorato 2008 Cam Lavorato
2009 Cam Lavorato 2010 Cam Lavorato 2011 Kylar Van Ee
2012 Kylar Van Ee 2013 Kylar Van Ee 2014 Darren Williams
2015 Jordan Vander Woude 2016 Jordan Vander Woude 2017 Bo Ferguson
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7. Overall Cruiser

Since 2001. This award was created for the growing popularity of the 24" Cruiser class

2001 Scott Grenier 2002 Scott Grenier 2003 Scott Grenier
2004 Kyle Van Ee 2005 Kyle Van Ee 2006 Kyle Van Ee
2007 Kyle Van Ee 2008 Kyle Van Ee 2009 Blake Kempenaar
2010 Kutis McLeod 2011 Deborah Williams 2012 Deborah Williams
2013 Deborah Williams 2014 Dustin VanderWoude 2015 Jordan Vander Woude
2016 Jordan Vander Woude 2017 Crystal Smith    
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8. Overall Girls

Since 2001. This award was created for the female class, so thay could have an award of thier own

2001 Jaimie Dee Larson 2002 Jaimie Dee Larson 2003 Taylor Dick
2004 Kyndrilyn Perverseff 2005 Lindsay Harrington 2006 Kyndrilyn Perverseff
2007 Kyndrilyn Perverseff 2008 Kiana Van Ee 2009 Kiana Van Ee
2010 Kiana Van Ee 2011 Kiana Van Ee 2012 Kiana Van Ee
2013 Deborah Williams 2014 Kiana Van Ee 2015 Kiana Van Ee
2016 Kendra Enns 2017 Alexia Petrik
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9. Perfect Attendance

Since 2003. This award was created to recognize those riders that never miss a single race for the entire season

2003 Cam Lavorato 2004 Cam Lavorato, Kylar Van Ee, Kyndrilyn Perverseff 2005 Amanda & Riley Lavorato
2006 none 2007 Cam & Riley Lavorato 2008 Riley Lavorato & Darren Williams
2009 Cam Lavorato 2010 Cam & Riley Lavorato, Kendra Enns 2011 Riley Lavorato, Aurelia Gretzinger, Kiana & Kylar Van Ee, Troy & Deb Williams
2012 Kyler & Kiana Van ee, Tyler & Kendra Enns, Troy Williams 2013 none 2014 Darren Williams
2015 Jordan Vander Woude, Tyler Enns, Draven & Dominic Shaw 2016 Jordan Vander Woude, Kendra Enns, Liam Kitt, Owen Mabie, Aiden Mabie, Kylar Van Ee 2017 Kendra Enns, Taylor Michaelis, Alexia Petrik, Alysha Kitt, Samuel Hodgson, Tyler Enns
           
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10. CRASH TEST DUMMY FEMALE

Since 2003. This award was created to expand the original Crash Test Dummy Award into a Male and Female version. It is decided by the executive at year end

2003 Lindsay Harrington 2004 Tanna Rach 2005 Joscelyn Williams
2006 Danielle Bennett 2007 Kayley Clark 2008 Kaitlynn Cartwright
2009 Kendra Enns 2010 Deborah Puttick (Williams) 2011 Kiana Van Ee
2012 Deborah Williams 2013 Jordan Jensen 2014 Phoenix Leray
2015 Kendra Enns 2016 Lisa Petrik 2017 Chelsea Vander Woude
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11. MOST SPORTSMANLIKE

Since 2006. This award was created to recognize those riders that display great spoetsmanship on and off the track. It is voted on by the riders at the year-end awards banquet

2006 Darren Williams 2007 Cam Lavorato 2008 Cam Lavorato
2009 Cam Lavorato & Darren Williams 2010 Darren Williams 2011 Kylar Van Ee
2012 Deborah Williams 2013 Deborah Williams 2014 Deborah Williams
2015 Deborah "the Jet" Williams 2016 Troy Williams 2017 Deborah Williams
           
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12. COACHES CHOICE

Since 2006. This award was created to recognize the riders that exhibit the criteria determined by the club coach. Usually a combination of results, progression, sportsmanship and a passion for the sport. Chosen by the coach at season end.

2006 Kaspar Frankish 2007 Michael Bennett 2008 Garth Philpott
2009 Matteo Sieber-Borath 2010 Kyalr Van Ee 2011 Troy Puttick (Williams)
2012 Tyler & Kendra Enns 2013 Riley Lavorato 2014 Riley Lavorato
2015 Luke Schmidtler 2016 Chris Ferguson 2017 Brenna Durling
           
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13. HURRICANE ALLEY CHALLENGE BELT

Since 2001. This belt is awarded to the track that wins the annual challenge between the Lethbridge and Medicine Hat clubs. It is a race held over two days (one day at each track) with the overall points winner taking the belt

2001 Lethbridge 2002 Lethbridge 2003 Lethbridge
2004 Lethbridge 2005 Medicine Hat 2006 Lethbridge
2007 none 2008 Lethbridge 2009 Medicine Hat
2010 Lethbridge 2011 Lethbridge 2012 Lethbridge
2013 Medicine Hat 2014 Lethbridge 2015 Lethbridge
2016 Lethbridge 2017 Lethbridge    
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