Dunn does our region proud at National Finals
RODEO: Veteran Proserpine bull rider Roy Dunn didn't walk away with a national title on Saturday but he did win a lot of respect along the way.
The 2016 PBR Australia National Finals were held in Sydney at the Qudos Bank Arena, featuring 22 of the best riders from around the world.
Dunn finished fifth in the averages at the event - a score that was years in the making.
"I've qualified for four of them but couldn't go because of injuries," he said. "It was unreal. The actual venue itself was massive. There were three levels of fans and the crowd was phenomenal. You could hear them the whole time.
"It felt like being in a State of Origin."
Dunn made the final eight going to the Championship Round where he rode the bull "Rock the House".
Dunn put in a particularly impressive ride on his first bull "Eclipse High Flyer" where he scored an 88. The video of his ride has received 22,000 views on PBR's Facebook page and over 1200 likes.
"Bloody hell," Dunn said after learning about the video hits.
"I didn't think it was that outstanding but it was bloody good."
Injuries may have been cruel to the rider but he said he was purely focused on doing his job on the bull.
"My performance wasn't too bad. I've been sore for the last couple of weeks and am still recovering from a previous event in Brisbane," he said.
"It was exciting to ride down in Sydney but at the same time, I'm a veteran. I've been to a fair few (events).
"It wasn't about trying to calm my nerves, it was about getting that bull ride."
The event wraps up PBR Australia for this season but Dunn will be back to do it all again next season, which starts in August.
Dunn said the experience had spurred him on to want to return to the National Finals again.
"Its a bit of an honour to qualify for a national final in Australia. It's the best of the best," he said. "My word, I can't wait to go next year."
Dunn said he wouldn't be able to do it without the support of Fraser Ford, Fitness Venue and LKI.
Cody Heffernan from Singleton, New South Wales was named the 2016 PBR Australian champion.