Program planned to get more women riding
By ALEX CRAIG
TEAM Mt Beauty, the Kiewa Valley’s own mountain bike club, has recently won a grant from Sports and Recreation Victoria to encourage more women to get take up cycling.
This mountain bike season, Team Mt Beauty will be coordinating the Spokes Sisters Networking Tour.
Team Mt Beauty committee member Rachel Whipps said that the purpose of the days will be partly social and partly for networking between female members of the clubs.
“We applied for the grant so that we could have a way of giving back to the female leaders who have volunteering, having ideas and getting things done,” she said.
“We have had 40 applicants from across Victoria and NSW.”
The aim of the networking sessions will be to connect local female mountain bike leaders who are passionate about increasing female participation in the sport.
“The sessions will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, experience and skills, which will build stronger relationships and enhance the participants’ capacity to undertake future endeavours,” Ms Whipps said.
“Team Mt Beauty is very thank- ful for the support of Change Our Game, an initiative of the Victorian Government, and also to Ash Stokes at Energise Adventures for his generous sponsorship with the shuttle service.”
The sessions will take place at Mt Beauty’s Big Hill Mountain Bike Park on November 17, at Woolshed Falls/Beechworth Mountain Bike Park on February 7, and at Nail Can Hill, Albury on April 13.
READY TO RIDE: Team Mt Beauty committee members Carly Emond, Turi Berg and Rachel Whipps are looking forward to making contacts with other female mountain bikers through a new event. PHOTO: Charlie Brown.