Opinion

Sportstar April 2016 nominees

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September 28, 2016

Cyclist Pat Eddy and lawn bowler Phillip Thorn are April 2016's Sportstar nominees.

If you’ve been watching junior cycling over the past month you’d be hard pressed to not have seen Echuca-Moama Cycling Club member Pat Eddy on a podium somewhere.

The under-15 racer has turned in his best month in the saddle of his short but stellar career.

First there was an overall third in his age group at the junior Mountain Climb National Championships.

Then a first at the Victorian Country Championships.

And most recently another first – this time at the South Australian Junior Road Tour round in Angaston.

Incredibly, even winning doesn’t slow Eddy down.

Especially when he has younger sister Jasmine (competing in under 13s) and older brother Sam (under 17) to challenge him.

So Pat continues his training – that’s currently around 200km of riding per week (or around 28.57km a day).

Hill, track and road, you name it, he’ll pedal on it.

And that’s before he even fronts up to the starter’s gun in competition.

What do you do once you’ve won the Campaspe Valley district singles lawn bowls title?

And been part of the district pairs championship?

Win the state singles, of course.

City Of Echuca bowler Phil Thorn did just that in April, defeating Matt Higgins of Sale in the final in Bendigo.

And took clubmate Wayne Brooks with him all the way to the Victorian pairs quarter-finals, too.

There was no doubting, even from the man himself, that he’d had one of his best years in the sport.

And it’s not over.

After such a successful summer season, Thorn will get to test himself at an even higher standard in this month’s Australian Open series.

Not bad for someone turning 60 this year, he added.

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