Jacinta Pink is an elite BMX racer and a lover of outdoor adventure. When she’s not training for BMX she’s out hiking the trails and mountains surrounding Cairns with her friends and family.
We asked 19 year old Jacinta about growing up in Tropical North Queensland and how she developed an interest in BMX.
How did your surroundings influence your love of adventure?
I was born in Cairns and will never leave! The surroundings of Tropical North Queensland are just so beautiful I am drawn to get out in the outdoors at every opportunity.
My Dad was a major influence growing up. Everything he did looked like so much fun so I had to give it a try. We were always either camping, fishing or riding.
In the video you mention how much you enjoy hiking – where are your favourite trails?
My favourite hike would have to Walsh’s Pyramid. The views are amazing, photos do not do it justice. It’s something everyone should do!
On the other side of BMX I also love to ride Downhill which is the opposite to hiking up mountains. What goes up must come back down!
What’s the best part of being an elite BMX racer?
The best part is all the places I get to travel to, along with the awesome friends I meet around Australia.
And the downside?
There is no downside to riding bikes with others who love it as much as I do!
How does BMX compare to motorbike riding?
I started riding motorbikes before I took up BMX and I transferred a lot of my skills from motorbikes to BMX. They are both sports that allow you to go fast and I love the adrenaline rush of them both.
What does the future hold for an elite BMX racer?
I race the National Series each year in cities around Australia. To compete further I would need to be riding overseas, though few people can make a full time living out of BMX. As a Personal Trainer I have my own studio in the rainforest at Redlynch (a suburb of Cairns). Working in fitness and helping others to reach their goals is the most satisfying job I could have.
When I’m not riding that is!