BUILDING dirt jumps on his parent’s farm in Wamboin, BMX champion Cam White never imagined the wild ride ahead.
Throwing axles and air tricks outside The Armidale School, his most important demonstration was how to achieve a goal.
“It’s a privilege to be able to live my dream, I’m 33-years-old, ride a kids bike, and get to travel the world,” Mr White said.
A guest speaker at the school’s Speech Day, Mr White told the students to take challenges as they come.
“The thing is to never give up. Give things one hundred per cent, win or lose, don’t leave anything in your bag or you might regret it later,” he said.
“If you give it your best shot, you should always be happy.”
Mr White was the first rider to do a backflip barspin to tailwhip.
He told the students they should always be prepared for anything.
“There are the exciting peaks, but there are also plenty of troughs, such as leaving your family to follow your dreams,” he said.
“The injuries and upsets you get along the way which may put you out of competition, or work.
“And even when you are in form, there’s always the uncertainty of a new track, or what the wind might do – it’s as much a mental game.”
Now a professional BMX dirt jumper, Mr White has been travelling and competing around the world since 2003.
A two-time BMX Games Champion, he has also been Redbull Elevation Champion and Dew Action Sports Tour BMX Dirt Champion.
These days, he spends his time between Las Vegas in the USA and his parents' Wamboin property where he holds an annual charity event, the Hillside Dirt Jam.
This event has raised more than $80,0000 for Canberra local charities including Snowy Hydro SouthCare, the Canberra Hospital Paediatrics Ward, Camp Quality and the Childrens’ Hospital Foundation Australia.