Pro­gram planned to get more women rid­ing

Alpine Observer - - News -

By ALEX CRAIG

TEAM Mt Beauty, the Kiewa Val­ley’s own moun­tain bike club, has re­cently won a grant from Sports and Re­cre­ation Vic­to­ria to en­cour­age more women to get take up cy­cling.

This moun­tain bike sea­son, Team Mt Beauty will be co­or­di­nat­ing the Spokes Sis­ters Net­work­ing Tour.

Team Mt Beauty com­mit­tee mem­ber Rachel Whipps said that the pur­pose of the days will be partly so­cial and partly for net­work­ing be­tween fe­male mem­bers of the clubs.

“We ap­plied for the grant so that we could have a way of giv­ing back to the fe­male lead­ers who have vol­un­teer­ing, hav­ing ideas and get­ting things done,” she said.

“We have had 40 ap­pli­cants from across Vic­to­ria and NSW.”

The aim of the net­work­ing ses­sions will be to con­nect lo­cal fe­male moun­tain bike lead­ers who are pas­sion­ate about in­creas­ing fe­male par­tic­i­pa­tion in the sport.

“The ses­sions will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to share knowl­edge, ex­pe­ri­ence and skills, which will build stronger re­la­tion­ships and en­hance the par­tic­i­pants’ ca­pac­ity to un­der­take fu­ture en­deav­ours,” Ms Whipps said.

“Team Mt Beauty is very thank- ful for the sup­port of Change Our Game, an ini­tia­tive of the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment, and also to Ash Stokes at En­er­gise Ad­ven­tures for his gen­er­ous spon­sor­ship with the shut­tle ser­vice.”

The ses­sions will take place at Mt Beauty’s Big Hill Moun­tain Bike Park on Novem­ber 17, at Wool­shed Falls/Beech­worth Moun­tain Bike Park on Fe­bru­ary 7, and at Nail Can Hill, Al­bury on April 13.

READY TO RIDE: Team Mt Beauty com­mit­tee mem­bers Carly Emond, Turi Berg and Rachel Whipps are look­ing for­ward to mak­ing con­tacts with other fe­male moun­tain bik­ers through a new event. PHOTO: Char­lie Brown.

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