The Tanilba man training aspiring motocross champions News Of The Area Port Stephens Sport by News Of The Area - Modern Media - May 4, 2021May 4, 2021 Luke with his boot camp hopefuls on the training track. WHAT does a National Motocross champion do after breaking many bones and being left in an induced coma at the tender young age of 20? For Tanilba’s Luke George, it was the beginning of a business career which has gone from strength to strength. He retired from competitive racing and decided to capitalise on his legendary status. This saw him set up a ‘boot camp’ for aspiring dirt bike riders at the family’s rural property near the Oyster Cove turnoff at Tanilba Bay. The underlying sandy base proved ideal for his training circuit. The ‘boot camp’ was just that. It was full-on during the school holidays with the young, live-in hopefuls up at the crack of dawn, eating healthy food and tidying their beds. It was then off to the Tilligerry Aquatic Centre for some basic fitness training before being put through their paces on the circuit. But there’s more! Luke saw another business opening and went into producing his own brand of venison jerky. He now runs dirt bike coaching sessions with his own stable of bikes bearing his classic 101 racing number. Never one to rest on his laurels, he and the family recently ran a highly successful ‘Crack n Jack’ music festival at the extensive rural retreat. The property was the stage for the ‘Spartan Challenge’, which drew thousands of competitors from far and wide and was praised by Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer for putting Tilligerry on the map and injecting cash into the local economy. Check out ‘Luke George Coaching’ on Facebook for more information. By Geoff WALKER Toning up at an early morning fitness session at the Mallabula heated pool.