Thom­son bucks to­wards dream to com­pete in Amer­i­can cir­cuit

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BULL RID­ING: Every sec­ond counts for Mount Walker’s Ty Thom­son.

He is ranked sec­ond in the Na­tional Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion ju­nior cat­e­gory and two months ago he was run­ner-up at the Aus­tralian fi­nals.

But the young bull rider is hold­ing on for the chance to com­pete in­ter­na­tion­ally, with plans to make his Amer­i­can rodeo cir­cuit de­but in 2019.

“The ul­ti­mate dream is to be rid­ing in Amer­ica and to win the world,” Thom­son said.

To get pre­pared, the 17-year-old is spend­ing as much time as he can in the ring in Aus­tralia.

“I think I’ve only had one week­end off this year.”

This year, Thom­son will fin­ish his ju­nior and novice ca­reer be­fore turn­ing 18 and mov­ing ex­clu­sively to the open com­pe­ti­tion.

De­spite his suc­cess Thom­son has only re­cently started train­ing to keep fit, but when it comes to strat­egy he said you have to be pre­pared for ev­ery­thing.

“I guess the time you go out there set­ting a game plan is the time he’ll (the bull) do some­thing dif­fer­ent and it won’t work for you and you’ll end up in the dirt,” Thom­son said.

The sport has cost Thom­son three bro­ken arms and a bro­ken knee cap, but af­ter chang­ing his rid­ing arm he’s been de­ter­mined to suc­ceed in the sport ever since.

“You never know who’s go­ing to win it, that’s prob­a­bly the best part about the sport, one day you can be on top and the next day you can be down in the dirt,” he said.

PHOTO: CINDY LAROO

HOLD ON: Mount Walker’s Ty Thom­son is fo­cus­ing on his bull rid­ing.

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