Young racer mows down the competition

Queensland First Mower Racing Champion, Tahlia Neilsen,14, is Queensland’s first ladies championships winner. Tahlia is also the youngest competitor.
Queensland First Mower Racing Champion, Tahlia Neilsen,14, is Queensland’s first ladies championships winner. Tahlia is also the youngest competitor. Robyne Cuerel

WHILE most people moan when it comes time to mow the lawn, 14-year-old Tahlia Neilsen is too busy breaking records with her ride-on.

The Aldridge State High School student was the first female to win last weekend's Queensland Ride-On Mower Race which was held in Maryborough on Sunday.

Tahlia is also the youngest ride-on competitor in Queensland and said she developed the passion for the unusual sport when her dad bought her a ride-on lawn mower.

"He bought it for me to race and then he started racing too."

Vice President of the Fraser Coast Mower Racing Club, David Lowe said the weekend's event in Maryborough was the first to introduce a female championship to the sport.

"Tahlia races like a person twice her age. She knows when to go, when not to go, she nearly lapped the other competitors at the end."

Tahlia is just one of six female mower racers across Queensland and said she has no intention of quitting.

"Winning this feels awesome. I'm proud and no one can take it off me."

"I'm going to keep on competing. I'm going to go all the way."

Topics:  fraser coast lawn mower racing maryborough

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