Fear­less bull rider heads to Aus­tralia

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - By JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Teenager bull rider Lo­gan Cor­nish has been tram­pled and had a leg bro­ken, but he is de­ter­mined to pur­sue his dream to turn pro­fes­sional.

Cor­nish, 17, is head­ing to Aus­tralia on Fri­day to rep­re­sent New Zealand bull rid­ing.

The Alexan­dra Dun­stan High School stu­dent is only one of two South Is­landers to com­pete in the trans-Tas­man high school chal­lenge over three days of rodeo.

The chal­lenge also has par­tic­i­pants con­test­ing steer rid­ing and bar­rel rac­ing di­vi­sions.

‘‘This is my sec­ond time in Aus­tralia but I have been in it for three years. Last year I got a cou­ple of plac­ings then broke my leg on the last night. I got tram­pled by a bull— they are full size— any­where from 800 ki­los up­wards and over there they are big­ger than over here.’’

Bull rid­ing was an adren­a­line rush, and de­spite be­ing tram­pled, thrown off and kicked Lo­gan said he loved it.

‘‘It gets scary. It’s a real good adren­a­line rush. I love it. You have to be men­tally tough and not scared. You don’t get scared if you are good at it. And you have to be fit. I also do bare­back at rodeos on horses and I am more scared on bare­back that bull rid­ing. It’s a pretty scary ex­treme sport.’’

His dream was to travel to the United States and com­pete in pro­fes­sional bull rid­ing tour­na­ments.

‘‘If you win a ti­tle over there you could get $1 mil­lion.’’

The New Zealand team will com­pete on Au­gust 30 at Capella Rodeo, Septem­ber 3 at the Great Western Ho­tel, Rock­hamp­ton, and on Septem­ber 6 at St Brendan’s Col­lege, Yep­poon.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

Cow­boy: Lo­gan Cor­nish, 17, is head­ing to Aus­tralia this month to rep­re­sent New Zealand in bull rid­ing.

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