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Hello AMA Arenacross Series Fans!!
I thought it would be a good idea to add an updated bio of myself in case there are new fans to the AMA Arenacross Series, or some current fans want to know more about me. My name is Lindsey Scheltema and I am going into my fourth season as Miss. Arenacross.
I initially had no expectations of applying for Miss Arenacross, I was just a female motocross racer with a dream to become the best racer out there. However, the summer of 2008, a good friend of mine pointed out she saw the open position and demanded I apply. I figured since I have been involved in the motocross industry for the past 15 years, I had nothing to lose! I am so grateful I did because it has proved to be a huge success and rewarding opportunity. I have an indescribable love and passion for the AMA Arenacross Series. From the family atmosphere to being able to coordinate community outreach events in every city we go to has been nothing but an amazing, life changing experience.
I started my role as Miss Arenacross in the 2009 season by helping out with floor announcing, attending pre race meet and greets, and going up in the stands to interview riders during intermissions and give away merchandise.
In the start of the 2010 season, I extended my role as Miss Arenacross by moving to Aurora, IL and also becoming the Operations Coordinator as well as the on-site PR contact every weekend. Being able to work more with the amateur side of Arenacross was awesome. I got to meet a lot of awesome families and gain a rich experience and newfound respect for how much goes into each race from an operations angle. I also started working with local area tracks and sending out pre race promotional items, as well as local schools, YMCA’s, and children’s hospitals to help Arenacross get more exposure as well as giving back to each racing community.
Since I have been in school since I started my role as Miss Arenacross, it proved to be too busy maintaining my role as Miss Arenacross, the Operations Coordinator, as well as a full time Public Relations student at Franklin University. I knew I needed to finish school and focus my energy and time towards graduating, so I moved back to Grand Rapids, MI the end of 2010 but maintained my position as Miss Arenacross going into the 2011 season. I also continued to work side by side with each race promoter to maintain our community outreach events in every race city. I coordinated and setup pre race events for local schools, YMCA’s and children’s hospitals. At these visits we tend to put on assembly’s to teach kids about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, following your dreams, bullying, and making sure to always wear proper safety equipment when playing sports or racing dirtbikes.
2011 was such a rewarding experience; not only for being able to coordinate community outreach events but I also extended my role as serving as the on site broadcaster for Speed TV. I was in charge of getting a pit report interview every weekend as well as performing all the post race interviews for the heat races and main events.
So far, we have had 3 races in our 2012 season. I feel truly blessed to be a part of Arenacross for my fourth year. Each year gets better and more gratifying. Being able to not only do what I love, but also touch children’s lives every race weekend by having pre race community events has been such a blessing. I am also truly excited to be a part of this season because earlier this summer I experienced my worst injury in my racing career by tearing my rotator cuff. This was a huge wake up call to me, and I have been recovering since my accident in July and still do not have full range of motion. This setback has taught me to be thankful for every moment I have and to live every day like it’s your last. I know I will ride again, but I have to take a very long break from racing, which is why I’m happy to still be able to be a part of the Arenacross action. I will be graduating from Franklin University on December 17 with my bachelors in Public Relations. It has been a very long 4 years, but I’m excited to say I graduated very high in my class and will soon be a college graduate!
I have no idea what my future holds, I have learned to live day by day and not worry what the future holds. I am very blessed to be with Arenacross and even more excited to continue on with the 2012 season and with you fans! I would love to continue to be involved in Arenacross as long as I can! I know it’s going to be a great season and I hope you all enjoy it as well! If anyone has any questions for me, I would love to connect more with Arenacross fans, I can also post questions and answers for other fans to see if your interested in my role with Arenacross, our community outreach activities, or just want to talk about racing I welcome your emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope everyone enjoys this season, with all the top talent trying to make the main events it’s going to be one of the best seasons ever!
XOXO Miss AX Lindsey
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