Coast riders relocate to the United States
MOTOCROSS: Glasshouse macadamia farmers Ros and Kerry Smerdon will this month give away the family game after 50 years to help their sons achieve greatness in the United States.
Noah Smerdon, 11, and his older brother Adam, 13, are both talented riders and will now aim to turn that talent into full-time careers.
The family will move to Cairo, in Georgia, where the boys will ply their trade at the Milsaps training facility.
The decision comes after Noah won his third consecutive Australian Junior Motocross Championship for boys aged 9-11 years at South Australia earlier this year.
He is sponsored by KTM and a number of Sunshine Coast businesses, but will leave it all behind to make a mark for himself at one of the world's best facilities.
Mrs Smerdon said there was some degree of risk in the move they were about to make.
"There's a lot of risk involved in farming too,” she said.
"The boys have been very fortunate in the sponsors they have here in Australia ... and always supported them from the start.
"As far as we're concerned, there's no big expectation or pressure to achieve anything specifically, as long as they continue to work hard.”
The boys are students at Glasshouse Christian College and have always been supported by teachers and students.
Mrs Smerdon said she had been very clear with the boys that relocating to the US would mean they leave it all behind. They told her they'd stay in touch via Facebook and Skype, and would always call Australia home.
"They've already organised green and gold seat covers for the bikes,” she said.
"No matter how long they're there, they will always be Australian.”