Lane heads off to the United States

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Tobi Lof­tus Tobi.Lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

MUN­DUB­BERA teenager Lane Mellers is about to em­bark on a trip of a life­time.

The 17-year-old bull rider is head­ing to Texas in the United States of Amer­ica next month to com­pete in the Youth Bull Rid­ing world fi­nals.

“It’s pretty good, not too many kids get to go over at my age,” Lane said.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to the chance to ride in a dif­fer­ent coun­try that is so known for bull rid­ing and there is high chance of schol­ar­ships and what not.

“Amer­ica is where you want to be with bull rid­ing, so it’s a good start­ing point to go there.”

Lane grew up in Beaudesert, south west of Bris­bane, and be­gan bull rid­ing seven years ago.

“I started when I was 10, just on the calves in my lo­cal rodeo when I lived in Beaudesert,” he said.

“From then on I went in every week­end un­til now.

“It’s been a dream from when I was 10 years old; as soon as I got on the first one I haven’t looked back.”

He said he looked for­ward to tak­ing that dream to Amer­ica.

“In 2013 I won the Aus­tralian steer rid­ing high school cham­pion and Cen­tral Queens­land steer cham­pi­onship and a few other ti­tles,” he said.

“I’ve won some ma­jor bull rides but noth­ing too spe­cial. “I won five buck­les in 2013.” Lane is in Year 12, through the Bur­nett Ex­ten­sion Cam­pus, and is do­ing an ap­pren­tice­ship with Bluer­ing Elec­tri­cal.

“Once I fin­ish I’d like to go to Amer­ica and try and make a living out of rid­ing bulls,” he said. “Live the dream I guess.” Lane will fly to the United States at the end of July and will ride on Au­gust 3, 5 and 6.

“I’ll go and see some sights,” he said.

“There are a cou­ple of other fel­las on the team so it’s go­ing to be great fun.”

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

EX­CITED: Lane Mellers will head to Texas next month to com­pete in a bull rid­ing world cham­pi­onship.

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