Day At The Track

On The Rail with Sydney Weaver

12:00 AM 04 Apr 2014 NZDT
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Sydney Weaver with Doug McNair (left) and Scott Zeron (right)
Sydney Weaver with Tim Tetrick
Sydney Weaver with harness racing great Herve Filion
Sydney Weaver with the Racing Under Saddle ladies
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I’m 13 years old, and when my friends and classmates drool and gush over movie stars and rock musicians, I chuckle and tell them “I drool and gush over rock stars of the harness racing world.”

I tell my friends you may never meet those celebrities you are drooling over. I feel sorry for them, because I will and do meet my rock stars!

The drivers and trainers that I get to meet are my idols, for all that they have accomplished! Whether they have learned from their fathers and grandfathers, or someone who just fell in love with the sport like I did, they are a ‘breed’ like no other. They have something so special and unique. Always so determined, and never giving up on their dreams.

I have been so lucky to attend those “concerts of driving” and look forward to attending many more. Their concerts are performed on tracks all over the world.

To me it doesn’t matter if you’re a rookie or seasoned performer, or on a stage big or small. There is always a good show to be had.

The drivers (and trainers) that do it every day are fearless, facing speed at every turn, not acknowledging the danger. How confident they mount their bikes, to parade in front of the grandstand to be announced for all of those in attendance. As they get ready to go behind the gate, preparing to enter “the zone”, not hearing the crowds. Only having one thing on their mind - Win! Be the first and fastest one across the wire.

Only after they cross the finish line, do they analyze their performance on the stage.

Sometimes you’re lucky enough to get an autograph on your program; sometimes they even give you their whip! I know from my own experiences, it’s captivating when a rock star wants to take the time to do that, it means a lot. I know it makes me feel special.

It’s a thrill and honor to be invited up on stage, the Winner’s Circle. To stand beside a true rock star and celebrate their victory with them.

No matter what the weather, they always put on a spectacular and mesmerizing show that never ceases to amaze me! After all, dirt, sweat, and mud are just a part of their passion and a normal day on the stage!

I know personally speaking; I cannot attend enough concerts, to cheer on my rock stars! And like any other concert I talk about it all the way home...

Sydney Weaver is 13 years old and resides in Ontario, Canada. She has been involved with harness racing for years, grooms horses, jogs them on the track, co-owns a racehorse and has already won major youth writing awards. Sydney also has Cerebral Palsy, but has never let her disablity hold her back from achieving her goals.

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