AustCycle Teacher Wins Trip To London After Teaching Her Son To Ride
The son of one of AustCycle’s recently accredited Teachers has won himself, and his mother, a trip to watch the Olympics in London, simply by telling the story of how he learnt to ride.
Anthea Knowles, a 34-year old mother from Mindarie, Western Australia, completed her Level 1 AustCycle Teacher Accreditation Program course through Cycling WA’s ‘Be Active Cycle Instead – Bike Skills Program’ so that she could encourage others in the community to cycle.
But the first person she wanted to teach was her 6-year old son Wiremu.
“We had been trying for months to help our son Wiremu ride his bike,” Anthea told AustCycle. “I went and did the AustCycle Teaching course which gave me some specific bike skills to utilise with beginner to intermediate riders”.
“So as we taught him I used some skills that I had learnt in the AustCycle course,” she said. “We started with balancing without pedalling and going down a slight incline. It was a progression of the skills, each one building on the next, and most importantly we made it fun and turned it into games”.
“Before we knew it he was riding on his own and joining in with the family – no stress, just fun. I guess biking isn’t just about pedalling. It is about learning different skills, from balancing to scooting to stopping to turning. And, it’s about having a good time!”
After learning to ride, Wiremu wrote a story about his experience for the McDonalds Champions of Play Competition. He was chosen as one of five lucky winners and won a trip to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Wiremu said that being able to ride makes him feel proud.
“I am very proud of myself that I can now ride with my family,” he said. “I just kept trying and trying and never gave up”.
Wiremu is excited to see Big Ben, and is looking forward to watching the cycling at the Olympics. He is taking his mum Anthea with him.
Claire South, Cycling WA’s Development Manager, said she is thrilled to have such an inspiring story come out of the 'Be Active Instead - Bike Skills Program'.
“It has been a real treat to have new Teachers like Anthea come on board to support our ‘Be Active Cycle Instead – Bike Skills Program’,” she said.
“The program has just commenced it’s second year of operation and I feel confident that with the support of our talented and friendly team of AustCycle Teachers that we can help provide quality bike education to school and the community in WA”.
To watch the amazing YouTube clip of Wiremu’s story visit our website here.
After 50 Years, Two UK Women in Nannup Ride Again
Margaret and Hazel, two British born women from Nannup, have completed AustCycle's 'Bike Handling Skills' course, despite not previously being on bikes since the 1950’s.
Even though the ladies have over 160 years of age between them, they both successfully completed their goal of learning to ride a bike again, passing their traffic free cycling course with “flying colours”. Margaret even started the course on a tricycle, but gained enough confidence from her lessons to progress to a two-wheeler bicycle.
Simmone Van Buerle, Warren Blackwood Healthy Communities Coordinator, said the women’s stories were particularly inspiring as she often has people tell her that they are too old to ride.
The six-week ‘Bike Handling Skills’ course was run by Tim Saunders as part of the Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI) in Manjimup. Hazel has since signed up to complete the 'Bike Handling Skills in Traffic' course, which teaches participants to cycle in a traffic environment.
HCI Training Leaves Ladies Feeling Pumped in Brisbane
‘Learn to Cycle’ classes turned out to be a hit at the Green Apple Wellness Centre in Brisbane, with AustCycle accredited Teacher Jan Stephenson saying the ladies were ‘pumped’ after completing the session.
“I had six lovely ladies turn up, some who were complete beginners and one who was already a rider," Jan told AustCycle. "The lady that could already ride was a little bit concerned she wouldn’t learn anything new. But by the end of the first session the three beginners had all ridden, and they were dead keen with smiles on their faces”.
“They all told me they learnt so much from the course, and the lady who already knew how to ride made a point to tell me at the end of a session how she had learnt so much about the little things to do with cycling”.
Jan said the ladies are hoping to ride 15kms on a Camp Quality Ride in the future. The ‘Learn to Cycle’ sessions were run as part of the Brisbane Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI).
Spokesabout Delivers AustCycle Training To Schools
Spokesabout, one of AustCycle’s newest Providers, will be delivering AustCycle 'Bike Handling Skills' training to three primary schools in the Fraser Coast region as part of the Active Transport to Schools program.
The Active Transport to School program is a travel behaviour change program that aims to reduce the number of school trips that students take by car. Instead of driving, the program encourages students to use alternative forms of transport such as walking and cycling.
The program is a joint initiative of the Fraser Coast Regional Council, Sport and Recreation QLD, Hervey Bay State High School, Pialba State School and Cardno Consulting Engineers. It will be rolling out across the region over the next six months and means that over 200 school children will have participated in AustCycle training courses.
Spokesabout has only been working as an AustCycle Licensed Provider for a few months, operating as part of the Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI) in the Fraser Coast Region. They recently held their first public appearance to promote AustCycle, their business and the FCRC Live Life Healthy Programs.
The day involved recruiting participants for future courses, and included a competition for people to guess how many kilometres had been ridden on their bikes since commencing cycling in February 2011.
The weather for the event was less than ideal but Michelle Lennard, Director of Spokesabout, said the day was a success.
“We were very thankful for our large shelter as this event was on the Saturday of the Queen's Jubilee weekend, when it poured down for three days,” Michelle told AustCycle.
“As the weather really closed in, a couple ran under our shelter and we were delighted to realise they were on our AustCycle training course back in September in Brisbane".
"It was also very entertaining listening to the various mathematical ways the entrants tried to come up with their guess [for the competition]. The winner was a young boy".
Aboriginal Exercise Group Completes Advanced Cycling Skills in WA
The City of Cockburn’s Aboriginal Men’s Exercise Group recently advanced eight participants to the highest level of the AustCycle Framework, completing AustCycle's 'Advanced Traffic Skills' course.
The 6-week program, which was actually dominated by females, was run by accredited AustCycle Teacher Emma Livingston through AustCycle Provider Cycling WA.
Claire South, Cycling WA’s Development Manager, said she was thrilled with the results.
“The group seemed to really enjoy the sessions and all reported improved cycling fitness and confidence when it came to the end of the program”.
The Aboriginal Men’s Exercise Group was founded in 2011 as part of the Co-Health programs developed under the Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI) in the City of Cockburn.
Sydney's Bike & Lifestyle Show!
The second annual Bike & Lifestyle Show was held in Sydney from the 13th to the 15th of July and was a great success for AustCycle.
AustCycle’s ‘Trek Training Zone’ received a steady stream of traffic, with both children and adults jumping at the chance to ride a Trek bike and learn new bike skills from our accredited AustCycle Teachers.
The AustCycle stall promoted cycle training to the community and featured a 'Bontrager Helmet Check Area' to teach children and adults how to properly fit their helmets. There was also the opportunity to go in the draw to win one of two Trek MT-220 children’s bikes.
Feedback from participants in the ‘Trek Training Zone’ was all positive, with one of the parents Raymond Akhigbe making a point of telling us about the great time his son had in the bike handling skills session.
A big thankyou to Michael Hull and Jazz Frankel from Finesse Cycling who were our accredited Teachers on the Saturday, and to Lisa McHarg and Peter Ruszkowski who ran the Sunday sessions.
The event was organised by Cycling Australia and SBS and ran from Friday afternoon until Sunday evening. There were over 80 exhibitor stands on display showcasing the cycling industry’s latest products and services, which was double last year’s turnout.
To see a slideshow of pictures from the event, visit our wesbite.
New ATAP Courses Announced
We would like to announce the next round of our AustCycle Teacher Accreditation Program (ATAP) courses. These courses will take place in the coming months, and will accredit AustCycle Teachers to provide a wide range of cycle training programs for people of all skills.
Upon completion of the course, an accredited AustCycle Teacher will be able to instruct beginners on how to ride a bike safely or teach cyclists how to ride in a traffic environment. Accredited AustCycle Teachers focus on teaching all ages, all ability levels and all backgrounds. Our aim, and the aim of our AustCycle Teachers, is to give the community the skills and confidence to ride safely in order to improve public health, support the environment and reduce traffic congestion.
AustCycle and the AustCycle Teacher Accreditation Program are setting the national industry standard for cycle education. AustCycle is addressing the need for a formal national standard and framework for cycling education which will provide the community and stakeholders with a national standard and a level of quality assurance for cycle education throughout Australia.
The AustCycle Teacher Accreditation Program is a 2-day course and includes theory and practical components. Places on the AustCycle Teacher Accreditation Program are strictly limited, so to guarantee a place on a course, please complete and return the Application Form as soon as possible. The Melbourne course is almost full, so get in early and don't miss out!
The upcoming courses are:
11th and 12th of August – Melbourne, VIC
18th and 19th of August – Bunbury, WA
18th and 19th of August – Adelaide, SA
Other courses will be announced very shortly in regional New South Wales, Brisbane, Sydney, regional South Australia and Perth. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages to hear the dates first!
AustCycle Appoints New Communications and Media Coordinator
AustCycle has recently appointed Claire Brinkley to new role of Communications and Media Coordinator. Claire will be the key media and marketing contact for AustCycle and will be responsible for all the electronic media, including the website, Facebook page, Twitter page and newsletter. Claire will also play a key role in promoting AustCycle to the community and in the redevelopment of our website that will occur later this year.
Claire is excited for the challenge of this new position and hopes to be able to encourage more people to cycle for health and transport reasons.
"I think AustCycle is such an amazing program, but more people in the community need to know about it," Claire said. "I really hope that I can get the AustCycle name out there and encourage more people to cycle because there are just so many benefits to a person's health and environment when they cycle”.
“The next 12 months is looking like an exciting time for AustCycle, and for cycling, and I can't wait to get involved in everything and really immerse myself in the media side of AustCycle. I also can’t wait to hear more about the great things our Teachers and Providers have been doing”.
Claire would love to hear from you so if you have any questions, news, story ideas, pictures, or you just want to have a chat, contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 9339 5831.
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