Cam White hosts BMX Hillside Dirt Spectacular again

HE is the Queanbeyan region's unique sporting hero that happens to have the best course of it's kind on Earth in his own back yard.

He is also the courageous trickster that attempted to ride an entire season without an anterior cruciate ligament, and he is also perhaps one of the most giving people in this part of New South Wales.

BMX dirt jumping legend Cameron White is not new to the media spotlight. In fact he is so used to it that Fuel TV make a visit to his course annually to broadcast his annual Hillside Dirt Jam at his parents Wamboin property.

And it was this hugely successful event that took place again last Saturday.

The Hillside Dirt Jam happens to be the biggest BMX dirt event in Australia, with some of the world's best riders converging on the Wamboin course, built by White and his father in his early riding days, to make use of what is known as the best down hill track in the world.

And this event again took place last Saturday.

A broken wrist kept the star and host of the show White out of action, but The Queanbeyan Age sat down with him to take a look at his remarkable career and where it is headed in the future.

White has always been a giver, and the first three installments of his Hillside Jam raised money for charity, but OH&S issues raised by Council forced a cancellation of the event last year and for last Saturday's episode to be invite only, with about 200 turning out down from 2000.

But in spite of this and his current injury, White is as keen as ever to press forward and still attract the world's best riders to his own course, as well as keep up his own performances.

"I was lucky. It could've been a lot worse- 6 months if it doesn't heal," said White of his broken wrist sustained at a demonstration at the Adelaide V8 Super Car event in February.

"We had over 2000 people at the last Hillside Jam. This one's more low key. It's more for them [invited guests]- almost a thanks for all the help they've done in the past years."

White's glory years were 2007-2009 after turning professional in 2003. He invented his own move, the 'backflip barspin to tailwhip' in 2007, and won the 2008 and 2009 BMX Games in the United States, where he lives for half the year.

But in 2009 he injured his back and ACL, and remarkably, attempted to ride the rest of that season in the USA without an ACL.

"I went to America with no ACL and ended up doing more damage and everything else got torn out of there after about three months," he said.

"So I went in for surgery and it took me about 12 months to recover."

He finished in the top 10 at the Dream Line event in New Mexico, USA last year and is hoping to recover in time to compete in the same event this year.

White has no interest in the Olympics, saying "I was never a good racer", but would like to see dirt jumping in the Olympics one day.

Saturday's action can be viewed on Fuel TV's website.

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