Courtney Maher, Jackie Jayce, Jodie Young, Tamara Gray, Megan Janulis, Abbey Morrice and Paige Thomson at the Queensland Women's and Veterans Motocross Championships in Roma.
Courtney Maher, Jackie Jayce, Jodie Young, Tamara Gray, Megan Janulis, Abbey Morrice and Paige Thomson at the Queensland Women's and Veterans Motocross Championships in Roma. Ellen Ransley

'Not just for boys' - women's motocross on the rise

Motocross: When Abbey Morrice's dance school closed decided to pack away her ballet shoes and put on a helmet to follow her love of motocross.

"Most people think I got into it because my dad was into it, but I got myself in,” she said.

"I'm 17 now and have been riding for seven years - it's such a great sport and I've met some great people.”

Girls and women from across Queensland competed at Roma Motorcycle Club's Queensland Women's and Veterans' Championships on the weekend.

Riding in the seniors class with Morrice was veteran Tamara Gray, who took a moment to reflect on how far the sport had come in the 30 years she had been racing.

"I started racing when I was seven, and I'm now 36. It was something I was good at as a kid, and when I first started racing as a senior we didn't even have a women's class,” she said.

"You were just always in it with the boys and so, by the time the women's champion- ships started in 2001, I was 17 and I had been doing it forever and I was good at it.

"I found a home of suddenly being really competent in this new class and I've just kept with it, I love it.

"It's incredible to see how much it has gained momentum.”

Gray said the rise in junior numbers was particularly inspiring.

"When it started, there were no juniors coming up behind, but now we have 15-20 riding in those classes and they all ride well, so they've obviously seen there's a class for them and they start when they're young and stay in it,” she said.

"When I was a kid we were riding with the boys and we were never racing to be competitive... but it's different now where they can ride against girls who are equal to them.

"We have junior girls now who are so awesome they decimate the boys, they just had to be shown there was a place for them.”