Rid­ers honour for­mer biker

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ali­cia Per­era

The Pil­bara Mo­tor­cy­cle Sis­ters take part in the Panna Rid­ers Poker Run ev­ery year, but their 2016 ride was more emo­tional than most.

On May 7-8, the all-fe­male club rode the event route from the Kar­ratha Ibis Styles Ho­tel to the Pan­na­won­ica Recre­ation Cen­tre in honour of for­mer Pil­bara res­i­dent and PMS rider Christie Head­ing, who died in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent in the East­ern States ear­lier this year.

Pil­bara Mo­tor­cy­cle Sis­ters pres­i­dent Leah Sc­holes said Ms Head­ing had been a val­ued par­tic­i­pant with the group dur­ing her time in the Pil­bara and had taken part in this ride with them last year.

“She formed a great friend­ship with the Pil­bara mo­tor­cy­cle com­mu­nity. She came and joined a few rides with us,” she said.

“She was a beau­ti­ful lady, she touched many lives and left a huge im­pres­sion of her­self on ev­ery­one.

“(Her death) was a great shock to us all.”

All rid­ers in the event paused to re­mem­ber Ms Head­ing with a small cer­e­mony at the Pan­na­won­ica Recre­ation Cen­tre at the end of the ride.

Ms Sc­holes said the fact Ms Head­ing had died while rid­ing re­minded par­tic­i­pants of the im­por­tance of mo­tor­cy­cle safety.

“It’s a whole sense of free­dom rid­ing a bike, and I think it just raises the aware­ness of rid­ers’ safety and to be sure we’re aware of the road con­di­tions, what’s around us, that we’re not fa­tigued — all of those things that we’re sup­posed to put in place when we get on a bike,” she said.

PMS also par­tic­i­pated in the Poker Run to fundraise for sick chil­dren and in cel­e­bra­tion of In­ter­na­tional Fe­male Ride Day on Satur­day, May 7.

Pic­ture: Leah Sc­holes

The Pil­bara Mo­tor­cy­cle Sis­ters com­peted in the 2016 Panna Rid­ers Poker Run as a trib­ute to a for­mer fel­low rider.

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