Tuesday, November 8


From a very young age 14-year-old Invercargill rider Hayden Sims has had his sights set on being a professional speedway star, racing around the big arenas of Europe.

This dream has taken a very big step to becoming reality with Sims being selected to travel to Australia as part of the Darren and Sharon Boocock Speedway Academy, an international scholarship that accommodates top talent from Australia and the United Kingdom.

Sims is the first ever New Zealander to be invited to this event and will be part of a junior squad of riders which will spend two weeks at the Academy. Sims will take part in the official press and practice day and three race meetings while in Australia.

The Verdon College year 10 student has been an active figure in the sport in the last year, racing at numerous meetings in both the North and South Island, along with various academies under the watchfull eye of speedway legend and multi-time world champion Ivan Mauger.

Sims has also been invited to another of Maugers Academy’s the weekend of his return.
Sims is a member of the Oreti Park Speedway club and while he will miss  the season opener on November 12 at his home track, he will be back racing for the Burt Munro challenge.