Tai Woffinden: British Home Grown Speedway Champion

Britain is able to support home grown sports champions still. Tai Woffinden became Britain's first world speedway champion since 2000. He secured six points he needed to top the roster in Torun (Thorn), Poland. He is one of the sportsmen proving that the FA (Football Association) and the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) should be disbanded immediately.

Tai Woffinden


Tai Woffinden managed to secure the speedway championship despite breaking his collarbone for the second time in four months just two weeks ago. The 23-year-old needed only two races of the season's final Grand Prix to secure an unassailable lead. He finished on the podium five times during the 12-race season.

Tai Woffinden is Britain's eighth world speedway champion, emulating Tommy Price (1949), Freddie Williams (1950 and 1953), Peter Craven (1955 and 1962), Peter Collins (1976), Michael Lee (1980), Gary Havelock (1992) and Mark Loram in 2000. Mark Loram joined Woffinden's fellow riders in saluting the new champion. The champion initially broke his collarbone at the British Grand Prix in Cardiff in June when leaving the track.

Tai Woffinden was full of praise for his mother and hoped his success has vindicated his parents's sacrifices. He grew up in Australia but returned to England, where he was born, in 2006. The move was instigated by his parents to allow him to pursue a career in speedway like his father Rob, who died from cancer three years ago.

Raised in Western Australia, Tai Woffinden was crowned the region's under-16 champion in 2006, an achievement that prompted the family's decision to move to Europe, where speedway is a much more popular sport. His parents gave up life in Australia and moved into a caravan in Scunthorpe.

Compare this to our friends in the FA. Currently, they are trying to buy and pinch foreign soccer players to shore up the accumulated very limited talents playing for England. If it weren't so tragic, it would be a comedy Brits love so much. Mr Bean on the soccer pitch. Maybe it is time that rusted old structures were disbanded and the few British players who know how to play soccer were brought into one national team. The rest of the world is laughing all the way to the championship win over the four teams this little island tries to field.

Or compare it to the louts at the LTA. With £60 million a year, all the results they have to show are the ones from Andy Murray. And he was never a child of the LTA. If you think about it, Switzerland currently has two men in the top ten of the ATP ranking, Britain one. Switzerland has seven million inhabitants, Britain 70. The Swiss Tennis Association has a single digit million budget. But then, they don't have a director, an assistant director, an assistant sub director, a secretary for the director, an assistant secretary for the director; and none of these worthies plays tennis on the tour. Now where is all the money going to?

Meaning: Real sportsmen will always get to the top, just kill the associations that hinder them.

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