risbane Freestyle rider Chris Thomsen (left) and pro-rider Luke Nelson a
risbane Freestyle rider Chris Thomsen (left) and pro-rider Luke Nelson a

Sky high for charity

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

BRISBANE freestyle rider Chris Thomsen has promised to put on a "great show'' when he lines-up in tonight's Stadium Motocross event in aid of Dan Horton at the Showgrounds.

The flashy 24-year-old is one of two freestyle riders heading to the harbour city for the event and his aerial acrobatics are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

"I am looking forward to this weekend, it should be a great night,'' Thomsen said.

A freestyle rider for the past six years, Thomsen said he was ready to delve into his big bag of tricks to entertain the vast legion of local fans.

"I have got a few tricks up the sleeve that hopefully the fans in Gladstone will enjoy,'' he said.

"It's great being one of the crowd favourites, so I am looking forward to putting on a big show while I am here.

"I am going to let it all hang out, I always try to pull off my best moves,'' he said.

Like all of the competitors in action tonight, Thomson was only too happy to be involved when asked.

"When I was asked to take part, there was no hesitation, I knew it would be a top night.

"It's great to be involved in raising money for a worthy cause and hopefully the night raises plenty,'' he said.

The freestylers are just one of the attractions on what will be a great night of action.

Another of tonight's features is the pro-riders competition which includes the likes of Nathan Crawford, Scott Bishop, Duncan Hale, Matt McKenna, Luke Nelson and Mick Cook.

Funds raised at tonight's event will help meet ongoing medical costs of local teenager Horton who became a quadriplegic after a motorcycle accident.

Gates open to the public at 2pm with racing to start at 3pm. Ticket costs are $25 adults, $18 students and pensioners, $12 children and $60 family (two adults, two children).



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