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Changing the cycle for students with disability

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Image: Let's Ride program at Croxton Specialist School in Victoria

A big advocate for teaching kids to ride safely in a fun and interactive environment, Cycling Australia’s Vanessa Bof has been involved with the Let’s Ride program as a coach since its inception in February 2016.

In Term 2 this year, Vanessa was engaged to deliver the six week Let’s Ride program through Sporting Schools at Croxton Specialist School for the third time since it began.

“The Let’s Ride program has been incredibly popular with specialist schools,” Vanessa said.

“Teaching kids about bike safety and general bike-riding skills plays a big part in building a sense of self-efficacy in participants,” she said.

“Not only are we helping to address physical activity outcomes, we’re also helping these kids become independent young people,” she said.

For Vanessa, bike-riding is as much a life-skill as it is a sport. She believes that learning how to ride a bike is a particularly important skill for children of all abilities to have.

“One of the reasons it is so important is that many students with disabilities will be heavily reliant on alternative forms of transport to support and enable independence in their adult life,” Vanessa said.

Kathy Tessier, a teacher from Croxton Specialist School believes that the students have benefited greatly from the Sporting Schools Let’s Ride program.

“The Let’s Ride program is such a great opportunity to allow students of varying ability levels to not only improve their bike skills, but to also have fun and be active,” Kathy said.

Sporting Schools is a $160 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. Want to run a Let’s Ride program at your school? Check out all the details on the Cycling Australia page.