THE next BMX Olympian could be living at Wynyard, according to a leading member of a developing North-West BMX facility.
The mission to develop Wynyard BMX Park is ongoing, with fund- raising activities and the search for a major sponsor still on the agenda.
The BMX Park was closed for seven years, but reopened in February this year after dedicated campaigning.
Wynyard BMX Park secretary Louise Ellis said the sport was just as beneficial for children and the community as other major sports, such as football.
Mrs Ellis said the aim was to facilitate the track to a national standard, to attract bigger events for Wynyard.
"I've been a rider, a coach, an official, and am the parent of a child who is in BMX. It can give kids confidence," Mrs Ellis said.
"It is no different to football, and is just as important.
"It keeps kids occupied and gives them something to aim for.
"We could have the next Olympian in our region and not know it, and our park would have given them that opportunity."
Mrs Ellis said the group was searching for a major sponsor for when it hosts the BMX state titles in November.
She said fund-raising efforts were under way to purchase a generator and a compressor, and gain canteen facilities.
"We have exhausted every avenue we can think of to get a major sponsor," Mrs Ellis said.
BMX became an Olympic sport at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
If you can help, contact Mrs Ellis on 0412413655.