LOCAL: The Kid of Burleigh Hill

The rain didn’t stop local Gold Coaster Zavier Basnett from racing down Burleigh Hill yesterday. Registered in the primary school category, eight-year-old Zavier was up for the challenge!

The Gold Coast 600 King of Burleigh Hill competition is in its third year and had 24 entrants competing for the title.

One of four kids, Zavier has always had a love of sport. His mum Tahnee says it’s a busy household with lots of extra-curricular activities to keep her children busy and active.

Zavier tried soccer for a season, but discovered it wasn’t for him, gave Nippers a go for two seasons, and soon discovered football which he has been playing for the last three seasons. Zavier loves trying new things and although he’s thriving in football, it looks like his new passion for Karting will keep him busy! As an added bonus Zavier enjoyed bonding with his Dad while they work on his custom built kart.

We sat down with Zavier to find out more about his new found love of Karting.

What made you enter the King of Burleigh Hill competition?

My dad told me about it and I really thought it sounded cool and like something I would be good at.

How long did it take you and your Dad to make your kart?

The kart took about five weeks to make. My dad built it from scratch using trolleys from Bunnings and a wheelbarrow. He spent a long time welding and cutting. I helped when I could and just kept reminding myself of my courage in case it was really scary on the day (we didn’t have any practice before the big day)

What did you learn?

I learnt that it doesn’t matter if you win, as long as you have fun and push yourself.

What was the best part of the day?

The best part of the day was the feeling in my tummy going down the hill and having everyone cheer me on.

Would you change anything for next time?

Next time we will change the wheels, they were a bit too slow so we are thinking of using bike wheels.

Great work Zavier! We look forward to seeing your love for Karting grow. We’ll be there watching and cheering you on next year!