Glenorchy kids shred it up

7 August 2019|Sport| Off Comments off on Glenorchy kids shred it up|

THERE was no time for sleeping in during the recent school holidays for 15 primary school kids from the Glenorchy municipality when they got up bright and early to take part in a Shape and Ride mountain bike skills session.

All Stars Program coordinator Alison Stone said the initiative created opportunities for kids in the area to develop lifelong skills and participate in activities that broadened social networks.

“We have been planning this opportunity for more than a year,” she said.

“We felt it was important there were no barriers to participation.

“Through our collective networks we were able to provide bikes, transport, bike trailers, lessons, a venue and in-kind support as a result of our strong partnerships and sponsorship through the All Stars Program.”

The day was made possible through a partnership driven by Ms Stone that connected the All Stars Program, the Risdon Vale Bike Collective, Langford Disability Services, Shredding Betties, Shape and Ride, Fahan School and Digital Ink.

Shape and Ride representative Christa Capel said it was the first time many of the children had been to Meehan Range.

“Most of the kids started the day with no mountain biking experience and finished up jumping ramps, riding the pump track and having a go at riding single track,” she said.

When asked if they would like to do it again, the kids were unanimous in saying they wanted the next session to happen the following day.

“At first, I didn’t want to do it, but then I got here and Christa showed us how to ride with ‘chicken wings’ and how to balance and ride over the jumps,” a 12-year-old participant said.

Using 360-degree cameras and Go-Pro footage, Digital Ink captured the day to make a film showcasing the session.

All the kids who participated will receive a copy to keep, with the film being launched later this year.

“We are already in discussions with Shape and Ride about creating more opportunities in the next school holidays and after school during term four,” Ms Stone said.

“The session was a chance for kids to take risks within a controlled environment and to have the confidence to persevere and consolidate their skills.

“The kids are the real winners at the end of the day.”

Caption: Glenorchy kids tear it up at the mountain bike skill session with Christa Capel from Shape and Ride.

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