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norrie123 Posted 6th May 2017, 06:16am
  Hi Betty, I am a believer in fate, all has worked out well for your son
Yes I had heard about Ivan Mauger , a terrible affliction

Bye for now, norrie
Scots Kiwi Lass Posted 5th May 2017, 08:50pm
  Hi Norrie

I don't think the NZ Junior Championship gave Dean a lot of Brownie points, it seemed to matter more who he had competed against in Europe. He is very much a home loving guy too and was homesick for Christchurch, so maybe he gave up too soon, who knows?

Dean was taught speedway well, going to the Ronnie Moore school near Christchurch from the age of 12 or 13. He also had some coaching from the great Ivan Mauger, who was a very special sportsman. Ivan now has Alzheimers and is in a care home, by the way. Dean had met an English girl during his first stint in London and after to-ing and fro-ing for a couple of years, Dean spent 7 years in London and got himself into a good job in the removals business, becoming the European Manager. On returning here in 1999 he had no trouble finding a good position here and is now the South Island Manager of a big company. So, all's well that ends well! I am very proud of him and though he has no regrets about giving up speedway, he still takes an interest in the world rankings and watches it often on TV.

Cheers,
Betty

norrie123 Posted 5th May 2017, 06:29pm
  Hi Scots Kiwi lass, cant say I have heard your sons name , I am surprised he didn't get a team as he qualified via your UK parentage ??? and winning the NZ under 21 should have helped, ah well perhaps it was for the best.
Another well known Kiwi Ivan Mauger wasn't a great success when he came to these shores and look how he turned out
Bye for now, norrie
JAGZ1876 Posted 4th May 2017, 11:13am
 
QUOTE (norrie123 @ 3rd May 2017, 04:22pm) *
Hi Jagz 1876, you should have resisted, took me a few moments before the penny dropped biggrin.gif
Ah the banter

Bye for now, norrie


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Scots Kiwi Lass Posted 3rd May 2017, 09:09pm
 
QUOTE (norrie123 @ 2nd May 2017, 07:43am) *
Hi Scots kiwi lass there are three teams in Scotland if you count Berwick
When did you son ride in the UK, I may well have seen him

Yes I imagine you would be worried about him
Giants folded 1953?

Bye for now, norrie


Hi, Norrie

My son, Dean Sullivan, went off to the England in 1990 with hopes of getting into a speedway club. He found this extremely difficult as I believe there were strict rules about admitting overseas riders. So, he only managed to get the odd race.

What he did get was a job working for a Swedish rider (name unknown to me), so Dean travelled extensively with him to competitions. He came back to New Zealand after he turned 21 but got fed up with the racing and gave it up a year later!

Dean was pretty well accident prone as a youngster - 3 arm fractures by the time he was 6, plus numerous stitches, concussion, etc., hence my anxiety when he got a track bike at around the age of 13, all the doing of his father! He didn't have any serious accidents in the 6 years he raced and I have to admit that being involved in speedway gave him an interest and kept him "off the streets" so to speak. He had to work hard to help support his sport and find sponsors.

So, speedway didn't do him any harm and taught him a lot of self-discipline and sportsmanship.
norrie123 Posted 3rd May 2017, 03:22pm
  Hi Jagz 1876, you should have resisted, took me a few moments before the penny dropped biggrin.gif
Ah the banter

Bye for now, norrie
wombat Posted 2nd May 2017, 10:39pm
  rolleyes.gif away in a huff ? rolleyes.gif
jimmyd Posted 2nd May 2017, 02:47pm
  Where is Mathieson ?
JAGZ1876 Posted 2nd May 2017, 10:23am
 
QUOTE (norrie123 @ 2nd May 2017, 07:43am) *
Giants folded 1953?

Bye for now, norrie


Did they Norrie, or was that just the holding company that folded?

Sorry Norrie, i couldn't resist. laugh.gif
norrie123 Posted 2nd May 2017, 06:43am
  Hi Scots kiwi lass there are three teams in Scotland if you count Berwick
When did you son ride in the UK, I may well have seen him

Yes I imagine you would be worried about him
Giants folded 1953?

Bye for now, norrie
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