TEN thousand miles from home, a family has finally won the right to do what they came to this country for.
The Heeps’ landed in England four weeks ago to launch their son’s speedway career, but were blocked from doing so by the British Speedway Promoters’ Association (BSPA).
However, they have finally succeeded in their battle and young Cameron Heeps – who has been touted as a future Elite League star – will finally make his Mildenhall Fen Tigers debut on Sunday (4.30pm).
“I’m super excited,” said 15-year-old Cameron. “A lot of hard work has gone into it and it’s finally going to happen.
“Mum has done a lot of the work. If it wasn’t for her I couldn’t be over here now.
“I’m just going to keep it cool and relaxed. I ride better when I’m relaxed, so hopefully I can have a cracker.”
Heeps had to prove he had the correct type of visa, which he always possessed, but the BSPA required proof from UK Border Agency officials.
“Cameron has a settlement visa, which should have been enough,” said Cameron’s mother Megan. “The BSPA wanted proof that it covered patriality and when they got that we got the okay.
“The BSPA are right that we have got to have proof, but if they had told us sooner that UK immigration had to give them proof we would have been able to sort that out. They didn’t really come out and say anything.”
The entire family – mum Megan, dad Andrew and sisters Aleshia, 12, and Leah, 10 months, – uprooted from their home in Australia to move to England to support Cameron.
However, four weeks since they arrived, the 15-year-old has only been able to take to the West Row track for practice.
“It’s been an absolute nightmare,” said Megan. “We’ve been here for four weeks and it’s been miserable.
“These past two weeks I’ve been constantly on the phone to to the BSPA and immigration.
“We uprooted our whole family and got here to find a big stumbling block. To get one person to stand still and tell us what we needed to do has been difficult.”
“But we are the type of family that will never give up. We knew we would push it all the way to the end.
“You do have those days when you think it’s not going to work out, but we got there in the end.
“It was not fair on a kid who had his hopes built up.”
However, Heeps will not be riding in the same team as skipper James Brundle, who has been told by the BSPA he can’t double up with Premier League outfit Rye House Rockets because his Premier League average is 0.14 points too high.
Jack Hargreaves has been promoted to captain and number one, while Aaron Baseby’s brother Mark will join his sibling in the team at number five, with Adam Portwood dropping out to make way for Heeps.
The Tigers can strengthen their position in the play-offs with victory over rock bottom Buxton Hitmen on Sunday (4.30pm).
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