Hav­ing a blast at the bike rodeo

The Compass - - FEATURE - BY MELISSA JENK­INS

Thurs­day, Aug. 20 was an ex­cit­ing day for a bunch of kids from Conception Bay North. The Trin­ity Conception RCMP along with The Com­pass, the Town of Car­bon­ear, Recre­ation NL and Safety Ser­vices NL put off an ex­cit­ing and fun bike rodeo for kids ages three to 12 at the Conception Bay Re­gional Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Sta­tions were set up across the park­ing lot, led by the RCMP, the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Na­tion Sum­mer Stu­dent Pro­gram, Eastern Health am­bu­lance ser­vice and vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers from the Car­bon­ear fire depart­ment. With five ob­sta­cles, the kids had fun weav­ing in and out, while also learn­ing safety tech­niques and how to prop­erly wear a hel­met.

Do­min­ion from the Trin­ity Conception Square Mall do­nated a bike and Safety Ser­vices and Recre­ation NL both pro­vided hel­mets. There were also do­nated items from Com­mu­ni­ties Against Vi­o­lence, the Town of Car­bon­ear and TC Media. Each child went home with a prize, swim pass to the Car­bon­ear pool, a sub from Sub­way and cake.

Here are some of the ex­cit­ing mo­ments from the bike rodeo.

PHOTOS AND TEXT BY MELISSA JENK­INS/THE COM­PASS

Bike rodeo par­tic­i­pant Ava Hop­kins (left) of Car­bon­ear high-fives Lit­tle Mis­ter Car­bon­ear and rodeo sher­iff Rory MacNeil as she reaches the first ob­sta­cle — a stop. The four-year-old was one of the youngest par­tic­i­pants, but she kept up with all the rest.

Max­ine Butt (left) of Car­bon­ear ad­justs her hel­met as she takes part in the RCMP bike rodeo at the Conception Bay Re­gional Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Car­bon­ear.

Emelia Butt of Car­bon­ear demon­strates the right hand turn­ing sig­nal used when rid­ing a bike. The four-year-old did the course with her dad not far be­hind.

Olivia Mur­phy ped­alled her way through the fig­ure-eight part of the ob­sta­cle course at the bike rodeo in Car­bon­ear on Thurs­day, Aug. 20. She was one of 38 par­tic­i­pants that took part, and she re­ally en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence.

Chase Ge­orge pumps his legs hard as he makes his way to the first right hand turn of the bike rodeo ob­sta­cle course. He came along to the event with his older brother Avery and his mom Jaime. He was so ex­cited for the event he said he couldn’t wait for next year.

Makai Costa rides his bike along the ob­sta­cle course set up by the RCMP in his home­town of Car­bon­ear for the bike rodeo. The four-year-old en­er­get­i­cally com­pleted all the tasks with ease.

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