No bull – these blokes are fear­less

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - KELSIE IO­RIO

THREE North Queens­lan­ders have been se­lected as pro­tec­tion ath­letes for the Iron Cow­boy event at the Townsville En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre.

Ing­ham’s Cameron Parkin­son, Bob Dahl, of Char­ters Tow­ers, and Dim­bu­lah’s Kerry White­house are some of the com­pe­ti­tion’s tough­est and most rugged yet un­der­rated ath­letes.

Rather than rid­ing some of Aus- tralia’s strong­est bulls, the three men will will­ingly put them­selves in dan­ger to pro­tect riders.

For Mr Parkin­son, his first ap­pear­ance at the Iron Cow­boy on Fri­day and Sat­ur­day will be ex­tremely ex­cit­ing.

“It nor­mally takes a lit­tle bit to warm up, but when there’s more than 100 bulls over the week­end, you get a bit of mo­men­tum be­hind you and there’s no hes­i­ta­tion or ques­tion­ing your­self,” he said.

“With those boys I don’t have to worry about get­ting into trou­ble, I know they’ll have my back no mat­ter what hap­pens.”

PBR Aus­tralia gen­eral man­ager Glen Young said the job did not re­ceive a lot of ap­pli­cants, yet it was one of the most im­por­tant po­si­tions in pro­fes­sional bull rid­ing.

“These guys have been ex­tremely im­pres­sive in the last 12 months, and it’s ex­cit­ing to see lo­cal guys step­ping up for the big­gest event on our Aus­tralian tour,” he said.

IN HARM’S WAY: Char­ters Tow­ers pro­tec­tion ath­lete Bob Dahl in ac­tion.

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