AFTER a promising start to the year, Tamworth's Ashley Teakle is ready to go one better at the second round of the National BMX Series in Perth this weekend.
Competing alongside fellow Tamworth BMX rising star Jack Davis, Teakle impressed at the nationals first round in Brisbane recently and will look to improve again on her previous results.
"I had a lot of fun during the first round of the series," Teakle said.
"I'm really excited to have some more fun in the second round and hopefully go even better in terms of results."
While admitting her opponents had her number in Brisbane, Teakle said she "learned a lot from the experience".
"A lot of my opponents last time were a lot older than me and were probably a lot more experienced," she said.
"There was certainly a lot of small things I took away from the first round that I have been working hard to improve on ever since.
"I have been training a lot and hopefully that pays off in Perth."
Teakle said the duo of Tamworth representatives competing at the nationals highlighted the sport's growth in the region.
"I think there is certainly a lot of potential for BMX in Tamworth," she said.
"Not just with our representatives, but for everyone competing in at as well.
"It's a really fun sport that allows you to make great friends and really enjoy yourself.
"I hope it continues to grow."
Upon returning from the second round of the nationals, Teakle will turn her attention to the ACT State Championships later in the month.
"I'll head down to the ACT state titles and hopefully go well," she said.
"All I try to do each time I compete is to do my best and have some fun.
"If I do that then I'm normally pretty happy."
Teakle said her coaches and family were a major inspiration for her.
"I really couldn't do what I'm doing without the help of my family and coaches," she said.
"They virtually come to every competition with me and I think they make it a lot more fun as well."