In­spir­ing talk

Benalla Ensign - - VICTORIAN STATE ELECTION 2018 - By Si­mon Rup­pert

Lo­cal Mo­tocross Cham­pion and re­cent X-Games Gold Medal­list Robbie Adle­berg vis­ited Benalla’s Pri­mal Health Club to share the story of his jour­ney from small­town boy to in­ter­na­tional su­per­star on Satur­day.

He was in­vited to talk at an event hosted by Pri­mal owner and Benalla Ru­ral City coun­cil­lor Scott Up­ston.

The event also in­cluded two par­a­lympians, Cam Carr OAM and Cody Meakin OAM, who told their in­cred­i­ble sto­ries.

Keep an eye out in next week’s En­sign for a fea­ture on th­ese two in­spi­ra­tional elite ath­letes.

Robbie is cur­rently one of the best at what he does, but he has had to sac­ri­fice a lot and work hard to achieve the suc­cess that is mak­ing him a house­hold name in Benalla and across the ex­treme sports land­scape.

He is the only Aus­tralian to win a Gold Medal at the Sum­mer and Win­ter X-Games.

‘‘What I do is called freestyle mo­tocross. So I do jumps on my bike, and I do stunts like hand­stands, back­flips and front flips,’’ Robbie said.

At al­most 30 years-old Robbie is one of the more se­nior com­peti­tors on the mo­tocross cir­cuit with 15 years as a pro un­der his belt. He has won seven X-Games medals since his first games in 2010.

‘‘It’s been a good year. This year alone I’ve got three bronze and two gold medals,’’ Robbie told a crowd of ad­mir­ing fans.

Robbie was given his first bike when he was only four years old and would ride with his older brother.

After a cousin vis­ited and watched Robbie ride he told him that some of his im­pro­vised moves were sim­i­lar to what the Crusty De­mons were do­ing.

Not sure who the Crusty De­mons were, Robbie took him­self down to the lo­cal video store and picked up a VHS.

Any young­ster read­ing this who does not know the ter­mi­nol­ogy might have to ask their par­ents what a video store and a VHS are.

‘‘As soon as I saw what the Crusty De­mons were do­ing I knew this is what I wanted to do,’’ Robbie said.

Robbie had to leave school to re­alise his dream, but he de­cided to give his sport 100 per cent and never looked back.

His ad­vice to any young­sters in Benalla who want to make it as an elite sportsper­son is to fol­low his three golden rules — be­lief, ded­i­ca­tion and sac­ri­fice.

Cr Up­ston said he was de­lighted with how the talk went and he was thank­ful to Robbie for tak­ing the time to share his story.

‘‘It was an op­por­tu­nity to high­light how im­por­tant sport is and what it can de­liver if you use it as your ves­sel to achieve goals,’’ Cr Up­ston said.

‘‘I thought this was a great op­por­tu­nity for the Benalla com­mu­nity to speak to some guys who play sport at an elite level, which is some­thing they might not nor­mally have ex­po­sure to.’’

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