Sick­ness doesn’t stop win

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - ABBY BROWN

De­spite hav­ing a cold at a mo­tocross cham­pi­onship, Brodie Con­nolly has won another ti­tle.

The 11-year-old won the 11-12 years’ 85cc class of the North Is­land Cham­pi­onships on the week­end of Septem­ber 19 and 20.

‘‘I didn’t think he would be able to do the last round,’’ his dad Gavin said.

‘‘He got out and prac­tised, and he had been off school sick all that week, and came back and said ‘I feel like crap,’ and I think he was still two sec­onds faster than the next guy. I thought ‘just pace your­self, might have to set­tle for sec­ond or third’ but he still won.’’

This win meant Brodie had won all six of the rounds that were spread over two events.

This is the fourth time he has won this ti­tle.

Brodie started rid­ing at fouryears-old and then started rac­ing the year af­ter.

He started with the Mata­mata Mo­tor­cy­cle Club and then got in­volved with the Toko­roa club.

He is also now a mem­ber of the Tau­ranga, Pate­tonga, Pukekohe, Taupo and Cam­bridge mo­tocross clubs and com­petes al­most ev­ery week­end.

The Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dent is also the youngest mem­ber of the Mata­mata Col­lege mo­tocross team.

He trains with top Aus­tralian coach Greg Moss four times a year and also uses his small mo­tocross track on the Wal­ton farm where his dad sharemilks.

This year he also achieved his goal of win­ning the 8-11 years 85cc 2 stroke/150cc 4 stroke class at the an­nual Woodville New Zealand Grand Prix.

He has now won this class five years in a row. Brodie also won all three of his races at the South Is­land Ju­nior Champs. In 2013 he won the ti­tle of New Zealand Mini Mo­tocross Cham­pion for the sec­ond year run­ning and won the North Is­land Ju­nior Mo­tocross Champs and the King of the North three times.

The high­lights of be­ing in­volved in mo­tocross for Brodie in­clude trav­el­ling around New Zealand to com­pete and plac­ing third in the Aus­tralian ju­nior na­tion­als last year against about 90 com­peti­tors.

Brodie would like to thank the lo­cal busi­ness who sup­port him.

PHOTO: ABBY BROWN

Brodie Con­nolly, 11, with his bike and latest tro­phy at his dad’s Wal­ton farm.

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