Double header pays off for talented Thomson

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser
Bunbury’s Matt Thomson was kept busy on the weekend, competing in both the WA Little Athletics Country Championships and the WA Junior Sedan Title, which were both held in Albany.
Camera IconBunbury’s Matt Thomson was kept busy on the weekend, competing in both the WA Little Athletics Country Championships and the WA Junior Sedan Title, which were both held in Albany. Credit: Cameron Newbold

Competing in one major sporting event across a weekend is enough to keep most people fairly busy, but for energetic Bunbury teenager Matt Thomson that is not the case.

Matt, 13, spent the weekend in Albany where he competed in vastly different sporting landscapes with a lot of success.

He not only took part in the three-day Little Athletics WA Country Championships that had more than 300 competitors but also raced in the WA Junior Sedan Title contested over three days with 47 entries.

So busy was the schedule that Matt was not able to practise in his junior sedan at Attwell Park Speedway on Friday afternoon because of athletics commitments.

But the decision to do double duties paid off, as the Bunbury Catholic College student did his fair share of winning.

Matt took part in eight races in total at the Country Championships and completed five races at the WA Junior Sedan Title.

Bunbury’s Matt Thomson raced on both clay and grass in a busy weekend.
Camera IconBunbury’s Matt Thomson raced on both clay and grass in a busy weekend. Credit: Albany Advertiser

He won gold in the under-14 boys 1500m walk and also made the finals of long jump (finished fifth), 200m (fifth) and 100m (fourth) representing the Bunbury Little Athletics Club.

Changing tack altogether and throwing on a race suit, gloves and helmet before getting behind the wheel of his junior sedan, and Matt was once again at the pointy end.

The third-generation speedway driver won two of his three heat races on Saturday night and then on Sunday evening he finished second in his fourth qualifying event to start from position three on the grid in the championship decider.

After running strongly in the top three for the majority of the 25-lap final, Matt crossed the line in fifth place to round out an impressive weekend for the budding sports-man.

“I originally thought I’d have to make my mind up on which one to compete in,” Matt said.

“But when we saw they were in Albany we thought do both, why not have some fun? I like athletics more because that is going to help my dream of getting to the AFL but I was kind of shocked how we went in the speedway car. I try not to put pressure on myself and just go out there in anything to have fun.

“Thanks to mum and dad, they have taken me everywhere and given up a lot to let me do both and I get to have the fun.”

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