As part of the expansion, council will be profiling some of the past and current members to see what they are up to and to celebrate young people in the Central Highlands.
We are kicking off our Youthinc profiles with a young man from Blackwater – Levi Rogers.
Levi (who turns 18 TODAY – Happy Birthday Levi) was part of the Youthinc group in 2014 and 2015 but stepped back to focus on his sporting endeavours.
In 2014, at the age of 11, Levi began his sporting journey by signing on with the Yamaha Junior Racing Program in Motocross. 7 years later he’s still at it!
This year Levi will embark on a new journey on the Motocross and Super-cross circuits to build his profile on the national stage.
As a 11-year-old boy in Blackwater, while others enjoyed their free time playing PlayStation or kicking a footy, Levi needed to meet the demands of being a sponsored rider. This included 1 hour of fitness training most days and ongoing track practice to ensure he kept up with his peers on the track. The bikes they rode were constantly improving in performance and so were the riders. However, this didn’t stop Levi hunting down his place on the podium at tracks across Queensland.
Since then the demands of his sport have only increased both physically and mentally. By the end of 2020 Levi was required to do 2-hour pushbike rides as well as 45-minute jogs most days. Levi also had to be self-motivated as he was a long way away from the base of his team in Brisbane. This meant he had to forge his own way through a training program others would trade for air-conditioning. But as determined as he is, Levi believes that training in the Central Queensland heat only supports his bodies need to perform under extreme conditions.
With no “plan B” Levi is fully committed to his sport. Going all in has given him drive and determination to go as far as he can. He hopes that his hard work will soon lead him to follow other young Australian greats, including the likes of his mate Jett Lawrence, on the International Motocross scene in America or Europe.
This year he will participate in 8 National Motocross events and 5 National Supercross events. The gates will drop on his first event in Wonthaggi, Victoria on April 11.
Levi continues to be the same exceptionally kind and courageous young man who will hopefully make his way up the national and international ranks of professional motocross.
Levi, we wish you all the best in your future and thank you for your time and service to Youthinc.