Bike club riding high
A $5000 grant will see the Tokoroa Mountain Bike Club own its own bikes for the first time.
The club, in association with Sport Waikato energiser Lee Fitzpatrick, is expecting 12 mountain bikes to arrive this week after landing a $5000 grant from the KiwiSport Kick Start Fund.
The club, which has around 70 members, started up a junior section this year.
Committee member Ms Fitzpatrick said the bikes would be used for an after school programme designed to encourage young people to get active.
‘‘I’ve been running junior mountain bike after school programmes and I see kids who are really keen but don’t have any bikes.
‘‘ When I saw the kick start fund come up I thought it would be a great idea.’’
She said the four-week ‘‘Have a Go’’ sessions would enable children aged 8-14 to take up mountain biking without a set of wheels.
‘‘They can use our bikes for the first four weeks then we will encourage them to buy their own.’’
Contact Lee on 0279595039 for more information.
Kick start: Tokoroa Mountain Bike Club committee members Lee Fitzpatrick and Warren Goodhue are rapt with the $5000 grant that will be put towards 12 new bikes.