Her long break from serious competition was deserved and well timed. "I really made the most of it because I won't get another one for three and a half years. I had enough time to want to come back to come back to BMX and want to come back as hard as I can. I just love racing."
The return to racing for Walker marks the beginning of her progress towards another Olympic dream.
"There won't be many girls there from the last Olympics. It is promising that I will be there."
The youngest rider in the elite men's field outclassed his older BMX counterparts to win.. Nineteen year old, Matthew Willoughby from Adelaide claimed the best win of his career. Willoughby passed early leader Billy Jolliffe and was able to keep Beijing Olympian, Luke Madill. Willoughby led after the third straight in a tough final. Madill secured second and Newcastle's Billy Jolliffe snared third.
"I was feeling really good all weekend," said Willoughby. "This is my best result ever."
Another Adelaide rider, Brian Kirkham, missed on making the final but still leads the national series.
Junior winners were Joshua Callan from Melbourne and World silver medallist, Lauren Reynolds from Bunbury.
Pics: BMX Australia
1 Matthew WILLOUGHBY (AUS19891103)
2 Luke MADILL (AUS19800528)
3 Billy JOLLIFFE (AUS19861206)
4 Leigh DARRELL (AUS19870515)
5 Olivier HOARAU (AUS19881012)
6 Michael FENWICK (AUS19860516)
7 Alex LLOYD (AUS19870919)
8 Brock MURRAY (AUS19850419)
1 Sarah WALKER (NZL19880710)
2 Caroline BUCHANAN (AUS19901024)
3 Ziggy CALLAN (AUS19890512)
4 Nicole CALLISTO (AUS19871112)
5 Caetlyn HUBERT (AUS19900916)