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By Effie Caloutas

Seville motocross rider Maddy Brown has proved herself on the Australian circuit and competing on a world stage is now firmly in her sights.
A fund-raiser for the courageous motocross champion on Saturday, 25 October, in the lead-up to the Women’s Motocross World and Australian Titles, is part of the plan.
The night will include disco, bingo and karaoke along with a raffle where guests will be in the running for a 60-inch TV.
The 22-year-old motocross rider says she is aiming to raise between $5000 and $10,000 on the night so she can compete overseas.
“I am appreciative of any support. I need anything I can because it’s a long way to Europe,” Maddy said.
Inspired by her father, Maddy started bike racing at the age of nine at Nunawading along with her three siblings until she made her way to the top, riding at state and national level.
The four-time Australian Motocross Women’s champion says it has been a difficult journey competing in a male-dominated field.
“It’s harder to get any support being a female racer,” she said.
“That’s the reason I am holding the fund-raiser as it will go a long way in achieving my goal to compete overseas.”
Maddy’s mother Mandy Brown says that her daughter is desperate to raise money in order to train in Belgium due to better racing conditions.
“Maddy continues to work hard in her chosen sport, but it has been very expensive for her to train overseas,” she said.
“She is looking to train in Belgium because the race tracks are different to here in Australia.”
Ms Brown says that while she is proud of her daughter’s success as a motocross racer, she also worries about her welfare when riding overseas.
“I am confident in her abilities, but anything can happen in a race,” she said.
The event, at St Patrick’s Community Centre in Lilydale is $25 per head with drinks at discounted bar prices.
To book tickets call 0438 143 322 or email jsaph@gmail.com .

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