Bike club rid­ing high

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By PET­RICE TARRANT

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.

Photo: PET­RICE TARRANT

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.

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