Fight­ing favours the brave

The Western Star - - RURALWEEKLY - Lach­lan McIvor

EV­ERY­THING comes down to the mil­lisec­ond for Dy­lan Swan.

The 22-year-old needs to be two steps ahead of ev­ery­body else around him, es­pe­cially the gi­ant bull charg­ing to­wards him, in or­der to pro­tect fallen rid­ers from se­ri­ous in­jury.

Swan has been in­volved in the rodeo scene all of his life and worked pro­fes­sion­ally as a bull­fighter for the past five years around Queens­land and in parts of New South Wales.

But it has not all been smooth sail­ing though.

He has bro­ken mul­ti­ple bones, been badly knocked out and the list goes on.

“You’ve got a lot of re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect peo­ple but you’ve also got a lot of fam­i­lies and chil­dren that look up to you and take an in­ter­est in the sport and it’s up to you to ed­u­cate them,” Swan said.

“Ev­ery­thing is all about tim­ing with bull­fight­ing. Ev­ery­thing is right down to the mil­lisec­ond.

“With­out me, the rid­ers are 100 per cent more (at) risk of get­ting in­jured or get­ting run over by the bull once they have ex­ited the ride.”

Swan is of­ten asked why he puts his body on the line but it’s an easy an­swer – bull­fight­ing is his pas­sion.

“A lot of peo­ple think you’re crazy for do­ing it but I live and breathe it,” he said.

“I’ve al­ways been in­volved in rodeos through my fam­ily. I rode a lot of young stock and roped when I was younger but I slowly got out of it and got into bull­fight­ing.

“I train very hard, I stay very fit, I don’t drink and I eat healthy.”

Al­though it seems like an en­deav­our only for the fear­less, the Mount Walker cow­boy said the nerves still came and went, es­pe­cially at the big­ger shows.

He ad­mits it can’t be an easy watch for his fam­ily and friends.

“My girl­friend used to get re­ally wor­ried but she’s more used to it now,” he said.

Swan will be in the thick of the ac­tion as the Gat­ton Hawks host their sec­ond Gat­ton Bull­ride at Cahill Park on Satur­day from 4pm to raise funds for the club.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Gat­ton Hawks Face­book page.

PHOTO: DSL PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

THRILL JOB: Dy­lan Swan in ac­tion at the Mulga Bull­ride in Septem­ber 2018.

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