The Western Star - - SPORT - EMILY BRADFIELD

AT JUST 14 years old, Alex Creevey is liv­ing his rodeo dream, re­turn­ing home from his in­ter­na­tional de­but ranked 13th in the world.

Orig­i­nally from Au­gathella, the Roma cow­boy’s first trip over­seas will be one to re­mem­ber, re­turn­ing home from Las Ve­gas with a brand new belt buckle.

Alex se­cured him­self a place at the PBR World Cham­pi­onships in the se­nior mini bulls di­vi­sion af­ter top­ping the leader­board in the Aus­tralian Back to Roots rodeo se­ries.

In Ve­gas, Alex was the only Aus­tralian in a field of about 38 rid­ers, tak­ing out the round one qual­i­fier and av­er­ag­ing third over­all af­ter three rounds.

The ex­pe­ri­ence was a dream come true for the young cow­boy who set his sights on the American ride since start­ing four years ago.

“It was pretty amaz­ing just to be over there but win­ning the buckle was the best bit,” he said.

“I’d like to thank ev­ery­one mum and dad and all my sup­port­ers and spon­sors, and all my mates for get­ting me over there.”

Alex was ac­com­pa­nied over­seas by his mum Lisa, dad Damien and older brother Cameron, who proudly watched on from the sta­dium.

“We were all very proud of him, he al­ways puts in 100 per cent,” Mrs Creevey said.

“You can only hope it goes their way once they’re on the bull, it doesn’t al­ways go your way, but he has done re­ally well.”

Mrs Creevey said it was spe­cial for Alex to meet some of his bull rid­ing idols while in Amer­ica, in­clud­ing Lane Mellers from Mun­dub­bera.

“Lane was rid­ing in Ve­loc­ity fi­nals so he came and helped the boys get on their bulls each day which was a huge ef­fort from him and it was good for the boys be­cause they look up to them,” she said.

“Hav­ing Lane there was prob­a­bly a nice re­lax­ation to help Alex get on the bull.”

Af­ter get­ting a taste of the American rodeo scene Alex has set his sights to qual­i­fy­ing again this year.

“He’s got a goal to go back over a cou­ple of times next year,” Mrs Creevey said.

“He’s def­i­nitely look­ing at go­ing back over there and hop­ing by the time he’s 18 he’ll be over there rid­ing quite a bit.”

The Creevey fam­ily said they were grate­ful for the huge sup­port Alex had re­ceived from the com­mu­nity in get­ting him over­seas.

“All the spon­sor­ship Alex re­ceived to go over there was a huge help and we couldn’t have done it with­out them,” she said.

“A huge big credit to Adrian Roots with his Back to Roots pro­gram, he’s done an amaz­ing job to help the kids get over there as well.”

Over the next few months, Alex plans to con­cen­trate on his style and will ride in the

CRCA sum­mer se­ries through­out De­cem­ber and Jan­uary.

In May next year, Alex will take on his American com­pe­ti­tion on Aussie soil as they visit for the Back to Roots mini bull in­ter­na­tional cham­pi­onships in Rock­hamp­ton.

Pic­ture: con­trib­uted

IN FINE FORM: Alex Creevey has re­turned to Roma ranked 13th in the world af­ter a stel­lar per­for­mance at the PBR World Cham­pi­onships in Las Ve­gas.

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