Not a lot of riders can do what Caroline Buchanan does, aside from achieving heights on her bike, she’s a social media wizard, and most importantly a rider who gives back to the community. I personally think it’s important to donate your time and to give back to the next generation, because without your support, the sport dies. Racing in particular, heavily depends on volunteers. So, I messaged Caroline to get some info on Buchanan NextGen, in hopes to inspire some more riders to give back where they can.
Beatrice How did Buchanan NextGen get its start?
Caroline As an 8 time BMX and Mountain Bike World Champion who has had inspiration from mentors in my career, I wanted to give back to the sport that has taken me through an amazing journey to the highest level competing at the Olympic Games for Australia
I want to support and nurture the future of BMX and women in sport. To break the mould of support in Australia taking it to a new level of professionalism and have these grants available for the girls who are performing and showing that drive and talent to secure themselves in the running for the grant by applying. Then by performing at the 14 and 15 year old age group at the BMX Australia National Championships to then be eligibly for the grant of $3000 each to assist in getting to the BMX World Championships.
Beatrice What do you take away by giving away, and was there anyone in particular who helped you the most?
Caroline I loved helping the girls to overcome adversity that is faced in male dominated sport and when aspiring to be the best in the world. Give them the opportunities to compete on the world stage and gain the experience necessary to be champions of the future.
Layne Beachley 7 x World Surfing champion helped me at age 14 by being a mentor of mine and also supporting me through her Aim For The Stars foundation which has grants for young girls who are not just in sport but talented in all areas of life.
Beatrice In years past, who were your previous recipients?
Caroline Over the past 4 years I have been able to source $37,000 in support from to assist the girls.
Past Buchanan Next Gen Scholarship girls!
Mikayla Rose – 2014 & 2015
Paige Harding – 2014 & 2015
Taylor Robinson – 2015
Molly McGill – 2016
Desree Barnes – 2016 & 2017
Shannon Petre – 2017
Beatrice When will you be announcing this years recipients?
Caroline 2018 contenders will be decided at the 2018 BMX National Championships!
Beatrice Have you received any ridiculous applications from non qualified applications, like guys? Any funny ones you’d be able to share?
Caroline Yes I have had a few guys ask my fiancé if he would do a Nobles Next Gen scholarship hahah but no males try enter my scholarships yet.
Thanks for checking out this post, unfortunately the deadline is closed, but take a look at this application and plan for next year!