Dar­ing to make dreams come true

Joondalup Weekender - - Sport -

SUPERBIKE coach Mark Gill wants to help more mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers who “dare to at­tempt one of the most ex­treme sports in the world”.

The Thorn­lie res­i­dent from Lead­ing Edge Mo­tor­cy­cle Sport has 10 years of rac­ing and coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in Aus­tralia and in­ter­na­tion­ally, and works as a project of­fi­cer at Mo­tor­cy­cling WA, where he helps ju­niors be­come in­volved in mo­tor­sport.

“Part of my job is to travel to schools and de­liver a mo­tor­cy­cle safety pro­gram (Mo­to­safe),” he said.

“There are so many kids with mo­tor­bikes in WA that are not mem­bers of clubs and whose par­ents choose to let them ride in the bush or on their own prop­erty for fun. My goal is to get these kids into clubs and par­tic­i­pate in ju­nior events.

“Like a kid who wants to play footy, it’s more fun be­ing a mem­ber of a club than kick­ing a ball around on your own.”

With the help of sport psy­chol­o­gists, di­eti­tians and per­sonal train­ers, Gill also runs de­vel­op­ment camps for Mo­tor­cy­cling WA to ed­u­cate young rid­ers on what it takes to com­pete at the high­est level.

Gill said where his coach­ing sep­a­rates him from the rest was the work he was do­ing at an elite level.

He has trained at the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Sport in Can­berra, and has worked with Mo­togp and world and Aus­tralian superbike rid­ers.

“For those rac­ers who want to try a ca­reer in mo­tor­cy­cle sport, I am able to of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties that few can in Aus­tralia,” he said.

He said his coach­ing of Tap­ping rider Matt Price, who is cur­rently com­pet­ing in the 2017 Ital­ian Na­tional Tro­phy Cham­pi­onship, had al­lowed him to de­velop a “great work­ing re­la­tion­ship” with the KRT Ital­ian rac­ing team.

“I’m now able to of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties for ju­nior and se­nior rac­ers who wish to com­pete over­seas,” he said.

Con­tact Mark at de­vel­op­ment@mo­tor­cy­clingwa.org.au.

Coach Mark Gill, from Lead­ing Edge Mo­tor­cy­cle Sport.

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