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Bmobile aboard BMX craze

Jonathan Camacho, pro BMX rider from Ecuador, goes airborne with a trick while performing at the Chaguanas North Secondary.
Jonathan Camacho, pro BMX rider from Ecuador, goes airborne with a trick while performing at the Chaguanas North Secondary.

Bmobile, in conjunction with the TT BMX Freestyle Association (TTBFA), hosted the second leg of the We Love BMX Freestyle Tour 2019 in Point Fortin on Thursday.

A star-studded line-up featuring internationally acclaimed stuntmen, David Peraza (USA), Jonathan Camacho (Ecuador) and local flatland specialists, Keegan Alves and Kestrel Roopnarine gave a stunning display of technically intricate and death-defying tricks.

At the tour opener at the Chaguanas North Secondary School last Monday, the talented quartet wowed staff and students with their skills. Peraza and Camacho used a special freestyle ramp to launch themselves into the air and masterfully orchestrate a multitude of well-timed but dangerous tricks.

Flatlanders, Alves (multiple national champion) and Roopnarine, also impressed as they produced an extensive arrangement of acrobatics along their specialised BMX bikes.

Anjanie Ramesar-Soom, TSTT’s Manager Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations, was on-hand to witness the presentation and reiterated the importance of finding new ways to inspire students.

She said, “At bmobile, we’re exploring modern ways of reaching out to the youth of TT. Sport is a key element of the bmobile Foundation and so is education. It is our intention to motivate students to become the best they can, whether through academics or sport. We’re intent on introducing them to new avenues that can shift their focus away from negative influences which are currently plaguing our society.”

Recently, bmobile played an instrumental role at the Girls in ICT Day (Information and Communications Technology) which saw 60 future female leaders build a "smart" speaker with attributes similar to Amazon’s Alexa. Additionally, bmobile has also partnered to host this weekend’s Dream Big Expo which will provide secondary and tertiary undergraduates with a career showcase which highlights non-conventional careers and opportunities for success.

Following the exclusive BMX performances, several students of Chaguanas North swarmed the riders for a chance to grab a selfie and an autograph.

“I’ve only seen stuff like this on television so it really was special for me,” said Form Two pupil, Jaydan Valentine.

“They were really original in their performances and we never expected to experience this at our school today,” declared Valentine’s friend, Amardath Ramsook.

Also present at the We Love BMX Freestyle event was Corporal Jacey Small of the Community Police Department from Central Division and his colleagues. He applauded this initiative and its objectives which also align with the Division’s Student Empowerment – Peace over Violence programme.

“Let’s make the positive happenings in schools go viral,” said the serviceman.

The remaining stages of the tour will be held today (C3 Centre, San Fernando 4:30-6:30pm) and tomorrow (Dass Trace Recreation Ground, Enterprise 4:30-6pm).

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