GIRLS from across Tasmania took to their bikes to shred the track at the Southern City BMX Club home grounds in Berriedale late last month as part of the inaugural ‘Ride Like A Girl’ event.
Held by Southern City BMX Club in conjunction with Get More Girls into BMX, Shredding Betties and Southern City Photography, the event featured a coaching clinic for BMX Australia female members and a free ‘Ride in2 BMX’ session for the general public as a chance to try the sport without commitment.
Both events were led by Rebekkah Chiam, recipient of 2018 BMX Australia Female Coach of the Year Award.
Ms Chiam is based out of Satellite City BMX Club Northern Territory and was in Tasmania for round seven of BMX Australia’s National Series, held in Launceston on 20 October.
Southern City BMX Club and Get More Girls into BMX recently received a donation from the Shredding Betties to further the development of females within the BMX discipline of cycling.
Allison Ralph, from Get More Girls into BMX, said the club seized the opportunity of having Rebekkah in the state.
“With the assistance of Heather Van Anholt of the Yess BMX Tasmania Grassroots Development Team, we approached Rebekkah with the hope that she would run a coaching session for our girls – and the idea for our Ride Like A Girl events was born,” she said.
“We would also like to thank Jenni McLeod of Shredding Betties for all her support in getting this off the ground.
“The Betties are a group of very inspiring women on wheels.”
Both events were well attended, with Tasmanian girls jumping at the chance to gain instruction from one of Australia’s top female coaches.
Some female competitors from the national series also made their way to Hobart to receive coaching from Ms Chiam.
“We hope to be able to hold events like this again in the future,” Southern City BMX Club secretary Bronwyn Beames said.
“It is all about raising awareness about our sport and offering a viable alternative to the more traditional female sports on offer.”
Girls from as young as two years old can start racing BMX.
All ages and skill sets are catered for and it is a great way for kids to stay fit.
Southern City BMX Club holds race meetings on most Sundays and twilight meetings over January and February.
The track is located behind the Glenorchy Bowls Club at Berriedale.
Visitors are always welcome.
For more information about Southern City BMX Club, visit www.southerncitybmx.com.au, the Facebook page or contact via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caption: Participants at the recent Ride Like A Girl event in Berriedale.