THE ORIGINAL KING OF FIVE DOCK – PAT PIERCY
As we pack our bags and get ready for the Vans BMX Pro Cup in Sydney, Australia we wanted to bring to light the original King of Five Dock, Pat Piercy.
Pat passed away in 2013 at the age of 45 from heart complications but the legendary legacy that he created lives on throughout the Australian scene. Pat absolutely dominated the bathtub-shaped bowl section at Five Dock, especially from 1983-1987, (That bowl was first built in 1981).
The park has since been added to in the early 2000′s which will be the section we use for our event. That early section is still there though (Known by the locals as the ‘Deathbowl’), so if you’re in town for the event, please take a lap for Pat and keep in mind that Pat was known for hitting 8ft + airs in that thing back in the 80′s!
Thanks to Ross Lavender at UnScene for connecting us with Michael Nieland and sharing some information with us. And thank you to photographer Jim Brock for supplying these images and for capturing the thriving Australian BMX scene in the 80′s.
By Colin Mackay
“On the 30th of September, 2015 a memorial plaque dedicated to Pat Piercy was unveiled at Five Dock by the Mayor of Canada Bay Council, Angelo Tserekis, in the company of Pat’s close friends and family.
Today his memory lives on as one of Sydney’s freestyle pioneers, Five Dock local, and an Australian freestyle legend.” – Michael Nieland.