Australian links help King's Lynn Stars man switch off away from the track
How does a speedway rider change the sporting scenery on a day off?
King’s Lynn Minors & Brady Stars’ Australian ace Ty Proctor likes watching virtually anything else when he wants to divert away from two wheels - and did so in the company of former Lynn legend Jason Crump.
Like many self-respecting Aussies, Proctor follows the fortunes of his national cricket side and at the time gave an honest assessment of then-skipper Steve Smith and the ‘Sandpapergate’ controversy around ball-tampering.
He also said: “I’m particular to any sport, really and I follow a lot of sports. I don’t watch every sport on the TV apart from speedway.
“I’ve been watching a bit of Australian rules football; the Grand Final. It starts in January normally. Also some AMA Supercross (an American motorcycle racing series) - I follow it from afar.
“I look at English football but I wouldn’t say I was a fan, particularly.”
In what is believed to be an unprecedented step for Aussie rules, the 2020 AFA showdown between Richmond and Geelong in late October was moved from its usual venue due to Covid-19.
Proctor, who supports Carlton Football Club who are based in Melbourne back in his native Victoria, said of his home country’s most popular sport: “They all went to Queensland.
“There were eight Victorian teams and they all lived in hotels.
“It was the first time in history they moved the grand final from Victoria and it went to Brisbane; normally it’s in Melbourne, and there are public holidays and everything. That all got changed.
“There are massive marketing revenues in Australia. It’s the number one sport in Oz, it’s like English football. It was always going to run because of those revenues.”
In the case of his chosen Australian rules team, Proctor cannot be accused of glory-hunting, as he explained: “Carlton finish at the bottom every year.”
And with three-times world champion Crump, who he has watched a game or two with, Proctor added: “We speak quite regularly.
“He rang me and said: I know you like Aussie rules; let’s go. I think Jason was an ambassador and with the role he had he could go into the commentary box
“Halfway through the night he said: Anything you want to ask me, do so.
“As a kid, Jason Crump was one I looked up to. What he did was massive. It was a cool experience.”