Jamie Hales - Hall Of Fame #1

Jamie Hales was the first Australian BMX "Superstar". Jamie won the very first (Official) 16 Boys Australian Title back in 1981, then followed it up with the Open Boys title win in 1982. In 1983 he again won the Open Boys title in front of a huge crowd but was denied the "three-peat" after a bizarre protest and lengthy decision by Officials. Jamie became a household name in 1982 when his image appeared (unauthorised) on WeetBix packets across the country.

Jamie Hales - Weetbix PosterJamie Hales - Weetbix Poster 1982

Jamie was an extremely popular sportsman, tough on the track, but incredibly approachable off it. He was the number one rider in the country and one that an entire generation of youngsters looked up to, and aspired to be like. He ran many successful coaching clinics through regional Australia, touring schools and shopping centres. Jamie rode for the hugely successful Mongoose Factory Team.

Coaching Clinic1982 Regional Victoria School Clinic

In 1981 Jamie also attended the JAG BMX World Championships in the USA, and came home with World #2 plate in the B Pro Trophy Class.

In 1985 he competed at the IBMXF World Championships in Whistler, Canada, where he sustained a nasty injury whilst competing in the cruiser class. Later that year, Mongoose was bought out by another company and Jamie was effectively out of sponsorship and retired from the sport. In 1998, he made a spectacular comeback winning another Australian Championship, this time in the 35-39 Masters Cruiser class, and qualifying for the UCI World Championships that were being held in his hometown of Melbourne that year. After blitzing the field, Jamie crashed while leading the final, denying him a certain, but elusive World #1 title.

Jamie currently runs his own IT business and still resides in Melbourne Australia.


In Detail

Name: Jamie Hales

Born: 23 May 1964

Year Started Racing BMX: 1979

Clubs and Affiliations:

Jamie HalesCareer Highlights:
1980 - National Titles #2, Open Boys
1980 - Victorian State Champion, Open Boys
1981 - ABMXA #1, 16 Boys (Open Class)
1981 - ABMXA #2, Cruiser Class
1981 - JAG BMX World Championships (USA) #2, B PRO Class
1982 - ABMXA #1, Open Boys
1982 - ABMXA #6, Cruiser Class
1982 - VBMXA #1, Open Class
1983 - ABMXA #2, Open Boys
1983 - ABMXA #3, Snr Cruiser
1983 - VBMXA #1, Open Class
1984 - ABMXA #6, Pro Class
1984 - ABMXA #1, Pro Cruiser
1984 VBMXA #1, Pro Class
1994 - Inducted into VBMXA Hall of Fame.
1998 - BMX Australia #1, 35-39 Masters Cruiser.
1998 - UCI World Championships, #8, 35-39 Masters Cruiser

Sponsors:
1979-80 - Quicksilver, Pegasus Cycle Shop
1981-85 -  Moongoose Factory Team (B.M.X. Products USA), Balwyn Cycles

 

 1983 Mongoose Pro Class

1983 Mongoose Pro Class BMX.
Exact replica of the bike used by Jamie at the 1983 Australian Titles.

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