Lane eyes off America for competition next year
RODEO: After an outstanding 2015, Lane Grayson is eyeing off some prizemoney over the holiday period and then heading to America to compete sometime next year.
The Swanfels rider is following in the footsteps of his father, Stuart, who competed in America before starting a rodeo contracting business, Honky Tonk, in conjunction with his wife, Kris.
Lane said his second-division win at Mt Isa was his biggest thrill of the year along with winning the rookie title in saddle bronc in the National Rodeo Association. His father won the NRA saddle bronc titles in 1987 and 1991.
His first sporting dream was rugby league and he played for Collegians and then headed to Mackay to learn the finer points of the sport in the rugby league academy at Mackay State High School.
He toured England with an academy team and then played for the Ipswich Jets under-18 side and won a premiership with Ipswich Brothers at U18 level.
She was a hooker and five-eighth at Ipswich at U18 level before playing U20s.
Like so many sports stars, he decided one day it was time to move to another sport and hasn't looked back.
"Winning second-division at Mt Isa was my biggest thrill this year along with my rookie title and a win in the first round of the NRA finals," Grayson said.
Overall he was second in the battle for the NRA title and the finals buckle and also second in second-division in Warwick.
Grayson said his plan was to get to America to compete.
"I could have an extended stay in America," he said.
"I am keen to follow in Dad's footsteps and make a name for myself."
He will compete in seven rodeos in four states on the next three weekends starting at Myrtleford (Vic).