Brodie Butterfield sent me over some info about a jam he is organising, We are also going to help out where we can on this one, he sent in some info on why he is running the jam, you gotta send some respect out to people who can bring out some good from an unfortunate event.
Blake was keen on BMX from a very young age, begging Dad to take him to the skate park from about the age of three. At the time, on a cheap little 12″, trying to jump the hip and box, trying to keep up with the older riders. Meanwhile, myself and the rest of the family were heavily involved in motorcycle racing.
On September 4th, 2000, Blake suffered severe head trauma, resulting in a large piece of his skull being removed and later replaced with a titanium plate, and a decent chunk of brain; the part that controlled right side movement and speech, to be removed. However, a mere 6 months later he was back at the skate park, stronger than ever.
He remained a very keen rider until the day of his passing, which also happened to be Dad’s birthday. He originally wanted to go the Skate Park for a session, but ended up going dirt biking with dad, myself and my other brother Brock, as a sort of gift for Dad. He was riding in Tamban forest near Kempsey, when he struck a tree. He passed away later that afternoon after attempts to revive him.
Since that day, I have wanted to hold a competition or jam in his memory, but have never been able to get something happening.