Family bonds over motocross

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Patrick, Len, Bonnie, Mattie and Charlie Butler, at the Manjimup 15000 Motorcross track.
Camera IconPatrick, Len, Bonnie, Mattie and Charlie Butler, at the Manjimup 15000 Motorcross track. Credit: Holly Thompson

Motocross has finished for the year and for the Butler family it has been a successful season.

It is a sport which has become a tradition for the family as the two boys, Patrick and Charlie, followed in their father’s footsteps by becoming part of the Manjimup Motorcycle Club in 2014.

This year Patrick won a trophy as junior club champion, the same trophy his father Len won in 1986.

Patrick also competed in the South West Inter-club Series and brother Charlie will start to compete from next season.

The boys’ mother Mattie said they always received lots of support from family at competitions.

“Their grandfather is a keen supporter and he attends most of their motocross events and their uncle even flies down from Port Hedland to watch them race at the Manjimup 15,000,” she said.

“This sport is about the individual but it really brings the family together.”

She said the sport had also been a great way for the family to travel to different parts of Australia.

“We have travelled to different towns across the State and inter-state for national competitions and the kids enjoy seeing different parts of the country, camping and meeting new people at other motocross events,” Mattie Butler said.

She encouraged families with children interested in motocross to sign up for the 2019 season.

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