Man flicked two metres in air

MORE than 2000 spectators watched in horror as John Freeman was flicked more than two metres into the air off the horn of a run-away bull at Saturday night's Apple Tree Creek Rodeo.

Witnesses said Mr Freeman was like a rag doll as they saw his body fly above the fence around the arena and plummet back to the ground where the bull attempted a second attack before bullfighters distracted it.

“My backside and back are pretty sore, but I've got no broken skin,” he said.

One of the founding committee members of the Apple Tree Creek Rodeo Association and a life member of the organisation, he said he had had a few run-ins while involved in the sport, but nothing like Saturday night.

Asked what his thoughts were during the incident, he said it all happened too quickly.

“One thought I did have was, I shouldn't be here,” he said.

His wife Kay was getting coffee and did not see the incident.

“I was getting a coffee for a friend from Canberra and didn't see it,” she said.

“When I got back, he told me about 'this bloke', what had happened and the fact he was lucky to be alive.

“He wasn't aware it was John.”

Asked if he would return to the arena, Mr Freeman said his thoughts were turning towards retirement.

“My bones are getting too old for that sort of thing,” he said.

“I might think about retiring.”



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