MELLERS MOVES UP

Na­tion’s best teen bull rider shifts fo­cus

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Felicity Ripper Felicity.Ripper@cnbtimes.com.au

BULL RID­ING: Com­ing off his bull in the first Pro­fes­sional Bull Rid­ing event of the year wasn’t the way Mun­dub­bera’s Lane Mellers was hop­ing to start the 2019 PBR sea­son, but it’s only fu­elled his hunger to gain on the Aus­tralian ti­tle holder Aaron Kleler.

“I didn’t do too well in Ade­laide so I didn’t get any points,” he said.

“I checked my in­ter­na­tional PBR stand­ing and found I am now around 70th in the world which is al­right. Aaron Kleler is stand­ing at eighth and he is only a year older than me so I wouldn’t mind be­ing in his po­si­tion.

“Ul­ti­mately this year I’m aim­ing for that Aus­tralian ti­tle.”

To climb the world stand­ings, rid­ers can com­pete in tours across the United States, Aus­tralia, Brazil, Canada and Mex­ico.

De­spite spend­ing months away from the Aus­tralian cir­cuit last year on a bull-rid­ing schol­ar­ship in Texas, Mellers was the PBR Rookie of the Year and placed fourth in the grand fi­nal at Townsville.

While he is aim­ing to bump that ti­tle to num­ber one this year, he will con­tinue to study and com­pete in the United States as well.

“Ob­vi­ously be­ing away in the States will af­fect the points I can gain in Aus­tralia but I’m hop­ing I’ll be home enough to still get the points here,” he said.

“I’m not go­ing to stay in Aus­tralia just so I don’t miss our events, re­ally ev­ery­one has their eye on the world stand­ings so I want to be

❝ Ob­vi­ously be­ing away in the States will af­fect the points I can gain in Aus­tralia but I’m hop­ing I’ll be home enough to still get the points here.

— Lane Mellers

work­ing on both.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to head­ing back over­seas be­cause it’s a whole new ex­pe­ri­ence, I en­joy rid­ing the bulls over there, and I’ve made new friends.”

Next Sun­day he leaves for the States to com­pete in the Ed­in­burg Clas­sic in Texas be­fore re­sum­ing his stud­ies.

He will stay in Texas for a month be­fore re­turn­ing to Aus­tralia for a month, where he’ll com­pete in our PBR cir­cuit at events across Vic­to­ria.

He’s wasted no time get­ting back in the arena so far this year, hav­ing com­peted at both Noosa and Grass Roots in Red­land Bay in re­cent weeks.

Hav­ing grown up in Mun­dub­bera, Mellers said his suc­cess wouldn’t have come with­out the sup­port he had re­ceived from friends and fam­ily, and the North Bur­nett com­mu­nity.

PHOTO: DAVID LOBWEIN, DSL PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

BIG DREAMS: Lane Mellers at the Grass Roots bull rid­ing event last week­end.

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