Tribute to a young man
The week before round one of the Summer Sprint Series we had a working bee at Blackburn. There's a lot to do, the track was covered in litter, the clubrooms dirty and full of junk and detritus. A bunch us adults were there to clean up, some of the kids were there, a few sat down at the other end of the track and watched us working. With a bit of prodding these kids reluctantly did a tiny bit of work before finding some way to skive off and hide. A bit too important to help out, it seems ...
Then Mick Thomas arrived and the first I knew of it was Will, his son, coming up to me and asking how best he could help. Will's a great kid, he's a hard trainer as anyone who's been to a spin session knows, he loves Tabatas and loves to train, and he gets results. He works very hard and loves his sport, and he sees his part in the big picture. Mick can be very proud of young Will.
Will's had a bit of a setback and can't race for a few months, but instead of whinging and carrying on like most of us would, he's seeing this as an opportunity to work on some of his limitations. Mick and Will have signed up for 12 weeks of PowerHaus training and ergo work. Today, while Mick is up in Shepparton with Bridge, Will trained with me in the 'Haus. He's a fast learner and will get strong quickly, he listens, he wants to learn and to understand and he asks intelligent questions. The best thing, at the end of the session, when we were both trashed by it, he said he wanted to come along to Blackburn and help out at the races this afternoon. Now that's a good kid. He's going to be a bit embarrassed by this, but Will, you're a shining example of a decent young man and I'm very privileged to be able to work with you and am proud to be your friend.