Fam­ily’s shared love for bikes

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By ABBY BROWN

The Thomp­son fam­ily are petrol fume living and breath­ing ex­am­ples of just how fam­ily friendly the Mata­mata Mo­tor­cy­cle Club is.

Darcy Thomp­son, 9, and his cousin Jae­dyn Hine, 4, both tried out the Mata­mata Mo­tor­cy­cle Club’s track for the first time at the twi­light event on Fe­bru­ary 12, while it was Shakarna Thomp­son’s sec­ond sea­son with the club. The eight-year-old had orig­i­nally started rid­ing with her dad and now wants to beat her brother at the club events, even though the twi­light se­ries is not about points.

The chil­dren grew up around their dad’s cars and mo­tor­bikes but he now fo­cuses on help­ing his kids with their mo­tor­bike hobby – he has to catch Shakarna af­ter each race as she can’t touch the ground with her feet on her new bike.

The club’s trea­surer, Anna Baynes, said the Thomp­son fam­ily epit­o­mised what the club was about, a fam­ily get­ting in­volved in a shared pas­sion. She said Hine stole the show and her heart.

‘‘ He was knee high to a grasshop­per but he got out there and did all three of his races,’’ she said.

Baynes was ‘‘stoked’’ with the twi­light meet­ing at­ten­dance.

She es­ti­mated that 59 peo­ple rode at the event, in­clud­ing sev­eral new­bies. She said the at­ten­dance re­flected the mes­sage that the club was about low-key fun, while let­ting those who wanted to go hard do their thing, had been heard.

Photo: ABBY BROWN

FAM­ILY FUN: From left, Jae­dyn Hine, 4, and his cousin Darcy Thomp­son, 9, both tried out the Mata­mata Mo­tor­cy­cle Club’s track for the first time at the twi­light event, while it is Shakarna Thomp­son’s, 8, sec­ond sea­son with the club. For more pho­tos of the ac­tion on the track, check out the Chron­i­cle’s face­book page.

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