Gladstone ready to fly for Porter
HE ALWAYS had a smile on his face, so if at the end of the weekend everyone is smiling, then he is still doing his job.
This weekend the Gladstone Dirt Riders and people from around the country will be taking part in the third annual two-day Jono Porter Memorial event in Gladstone.
This event attracts hundreds of riders – including Porter's best mate and Crusty Demons rider Kain Saul – and supporters, as well as Porter's mum.
“This is the only time of the year I head back out to the track and it is well worth it,” Cathy Purcell said.
“It is such a privilege to see everyone celebrating his life.”
It is every parent's worst nightmare to have their child forgotten but Porter is far from forgotten.
“The passion that the young riders display reminds me of him and it is great to see his knowledge and enthusiasm passed on,” his mother said.
Porter was not only known for his great motorbike riding ability – whether it be freestyle or motocross – but also his generosity.
“He was always passing on his own experiences and teaching people,” Purcell said.
“What I love most about the memorial is people passing on his stories, things they did with him and things he said.
“There are always new stories.”
Purcell is always impressed by the effort put into the event by the club.
“The club puts in a great effort. He was everyone's hero and they all do such a great job of expressing this.”
Jono’s Motocross and Freestyle Life
The first Australian rider to perform an aerial back-flip on a motocross bike, Porter held world records for distance jumping and was a gold medallist at the Planet X extreme sports event.