Four brothers are champs

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA McLEAY

Four boys driven to suc­ceed – ded­i­ca­tion, per­se­ver­ance and hours of train­ing has led the Wright brothers to start ful­fill­ing their dreams.

Louis, 18, is a cy­clist, Oliver, 17, a soc­cer player, Se­bas­tian, 14, a triath­lete and Theo, 11, a surf life saver – and all are at the top of their cho­sen field.

In their Mata­mata fam­ily home, tro­phies and medals line the book­shelves and posters of favourite sport­ing heroes are plastered across the wall to mo­ti­vate them to reach their goals.

Louis said get­ting to the top was about find­ing some­thing in your­self that could dif­fer­en­ti­ate you from the other 1000 peo­ple with the same am­bi­tions.

For Louis, that was learn­ing how to con­quer a cy­cle race men­tally as well as phys­i­cally.

‘‘Cy­cling is not just about the guy who is the fittest but the per­son who is also the most tac­ti­cal smart,’’ he said.

Louis is both. He has re­cently been se­lected as one of four New Zealan­ders to travel to France this year as part of a French ama­teur cy­cling team. He leaves on March 16 for seven months to cy­cle across some of Europe’s most beau­ti­ful ar­eas – through France, Italy and Switzer­land.

Louis, who has been an avid cy­clist for the past six years, said he was very ex­cited as this would take him one step closer to his dream of be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional cy­clist.

His younger



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