Alves, Chin-Asiong pass 'Monster Exams'
Teenagers Keegan Alves and Tiankhi Chin-Asiong were the big winners at the 2012 Monster Energy Exams BMX freestyle competition, held two weekends ago at Woodbrook Youth Facility.
Alves, 19, beat out four other competitors for the $1,000 first prize in the BMX flatland competition. Second was Kestrel Roopnarine of Freeport, and third, Peter Gonzales of Cunupia, both 24 years old.
As winner of the competition, Alves will travel to Germany next month to represent T&T at the 2012 BMX World Championship.
Alves has already represented T&T in international competition; he finished second at the FISE (Festival International Sport Extreme) Games in Costa Rica in February.
Chin-Asiong also proved impressive in the tournament. At just 16, he beat 11 other competitors to take the BMX Ramp contest, the Diego Martin native winning $6,000 worth in material to build his own practice ramp, and a $1,000 cash prize.
Ryan Ali, also of Diego Martin, and Brandon Holder of Belmont were second and third respectively.
Before the competitors did battle, though, professional freestylers put on a show. US duo of Pat Casey and Kevin Peraza took their turn on the ramps, while flatland riders Adam Kun of Hungary and Peruvian Camilo Gutierrez also showcased their talents.
Casey was one of the youngest riders at BMX Park at the 'X' Games at age 17 last year, while Peraza is a Supercross BMXer.
Event organiser Trevlon Hall hailed the Exams as "a dream come true", and was "very satisfied" with the turnout at the event.
"Growth is definitely taking place in our sport, and I will keep doing events to help build the industry and infrastructure of the sport, step by step."
Hall praised Victor Copeland, Danielle Belfast, Brian Johnson and Nigel Edwards for their contributions during the tournament, as well as sponsors Monster Energy Drink, the Sport Company of T&T (SPORTT), Blue Waters and Mike Bikes.