Southland motocross star has a successful year

Motocross rider Jack Symon holds the Trent Haywood Memorial Trophy he recently won in North Canterbury.  In the background are other trophies that the Southland Boys High School student has won over the years.

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Motocross rider Jack Symon holds the Trent Haywood Memorial Trophy he recently won in North Canterbury. In the background are other trophies that the Southland Boys High School student has won over the years.

Junior motocross star Jack Symon will travel to Central Otago this weekend to compete in the opening round of the Southern Series at Poolburn.

He’s in great shape for the event after winning seven races at the Michael Godfrey Memorial reunion in Amberley in north Canterbury this month. The highlight was winning the Trent Haywood Memorial Trophy for the most points in the junior 250cc category.

Success continued a year to remember for the Southland Boys High School student who was a finalist for Junior Athletic Person of the Year at the Southland Sports Awards in June. A month earlier, he had received the Motorcycle New Zealand award for the best up-and-coming rider, in the off-road category, in Wellington.

Last year, Covid-19 restrictions prevented him from representing New Zealand in a Tri-Nations team competition against Australia and France in Victoria.

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Symon, 16, became addicted to motocross after taking his first ride on a four-wheeler at the age of 4. His success in the sport is reflected in the more than 50 trophies on display in his Wrights Bush home.

“Motocross is a childhood dream,” he says.

“I love the adrenaline rush and having fun on the bike.”

Motocross isn’t the only sport he’s good at, as he’s part of Southland’s Under-16 rugby team.

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