Teen powers to new challenges



ROCKHAMPTON motocross rider Scott Seears has added another battle to his growing list for the 2005 season.

Seears will still attend a Queensland elite training camp for under-21 riders at Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre next week despite being diagnosed with glandular fever on Tuesday.

"I had been sick and tired for ages and didn't know what it was,'' Seears said.

While he is unlikely to get through the training program Seears, 15, is still eager to attend to find out more information about areas like nutrition.

This is a motorbike-free camp, focusing on areas like nutrition and pool sessions.

Seears is no stranger to challenges this season.

Earlier in the year he held a 50point lead in the junior lites (125cc) division of the Central Queensland Championships before he broke his collarbone in April and was sidelined until July.

The motocross fan will not contest the Central Queensland series next year, opting to try his luck and gain more exposure in the eight-round Sunshine State Series.

Seears was back on the bike for the national championships in September.

He crashed out and knocked himself out on the first day of competition.

"It's just frustrating,'' Seears said.

However, the year still produced some encouraging results.

Seears was awarded the number nine plate for junior motocross in Queensland last weekend after his second placing in the State titles for 125cc (13-15 years). In Central Queensland he won the Keppel Coast junior 125cc title and was second in that class for the the Rockhampton and District club.



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