Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Detox Prepares Champion; Rider Takes Ethiopia Trip Ahead of Ipswich Event

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Detox Prepares Champion; Rider Takes Ethiopia Trip Ahead of Ipswich Event

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BMX: Preparing to race in Ipswich, Queensland's multiple national champion and world title contender Buddha Baum is not your average teenager when it comes to what he does in the summer holidays.

At 15-years of age, many teenagers would sit on the couch during their holidays enjoying their time away from the books. But for Buddha Baum, the six-week break was spent in Ethiopia with his family.

The Beenleigh BMX rider had no phone, no bike and a complete detox from the world wide web.

It's a time for Baum to reflect on who he is. He has the opportunity to think about what he wants from BMX and what he wants from school... no distractions.

"It's a pretty cool thing," Baum said.

"I get off all social media, I fish a lot in a large river and just walk around the jungle. I spend most of my time just cooking food and spending time with my family there.

"My mum's side is Ethiopian and everyone over there is pretty much your cousin. Somehow you are related to everyone you meet and it's a really strong community.

"I get away from everything, wind down and relax before coming back to BMX in 2019.

"When I was coming back to Australia, I started to miss BMX and social media. But as soon as I landed, I just got blasted with it."

One of his first events back on the bike was the sixth round of the Oxley Cycles Shootout Series at the Sleeman supercross track on April 6-7.

Finishing second in the 16-boys final, Baum is excited to be back on the bike and is eagerly awaiting his next event, which will be this weekend at the Ipswich West Moreton BMX Club for the third stage of the 2019 BMXA BAD BOY National Series.

"I don't think I'll be peaking for Ipswich as I'm still returning," Baum said.

"But I'll be using it to build up my confidence and form while the nationals at Shepparton draws closer. It's just to see where I'm at. …

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