MTBA have identified the need and developed a structured framework for a junior athlete development pathways aimed at exposing and preparing junior riders for club, school, state and National competitions. Under this framework junior riders will be further developed in a progressive manner for the potential of entering into future High Performance pathways and/or Elite Representative programs.
Camps for junior riders aged 13 to 17 will be conducted through out Australia. The purpose is to give junior MTB athletes the skills and knowledge to participate in MTB competitive events. Junior athletes will be equiped with the tools for self-assessment, self-analysis and self-reflection to identify what is required to progress to the next level of skill and fitness.
These camps also provide opportunities for coaches to learn new skills, cement existing skills, techniques and delivery methods as well as gain and share knowledge with other coaches.
Dates for the 2016 Junior development camps will be announced shortly.
Mountain Bike Australia will be hosting junior development squads across the country providing the first steps for riders on the pathway to elite racing. Thirteen squads will be created by accredited Level 1 or 2 coaches who responded to expressions of interest in running the program.
The focus of the program is skilled based group training sessions with the ultimate goal of attending and performing at a minimum of one national level event over the course of the 9 month programme. The programme will also introduce athletes to basic fitness testing, information on anti-doping, nutrition as well as conduct in the MTBA high performance environment.
Riders will also receive a minimum 36 hours of face to face coaching with squad sizes capped at 10. Applicants must be aged 14-18 as at 31 December 2017 to be eligible for the program. Cost $550
The regions are as follows:
Sunshine Coast (XC) – Andy Fellows
Brisbane (XC) – Mark Routledge
Nowra/Southern Highlands (XC) – Lynne Vaughan
Port Macquarie (XC) – Jason English
Newcastle (XC) – Damien Enderby
Melbourne/Lysterfield (XC) – Dora and Kelvyn Bettridge
Geelong / Surf Coast (XC) – Adam Kelsall
Adelaide (XC) – Evan James
Adelaide (GRAVITY) – Tyson Schmidt
Lauceston (XC) – Adrian Cooper
Perth Hills (XC) – Ian Humphrey
Canberra (XC) – Dylan Cooper
Canberra (GRAVITY) – Dylan Cooper
Applications close 14 August 2016.
The online application form can be found at HERE
Any questions can be emailed to Jodie Willett firstname.lastname@example.org
For anyone new to mountain biking, our clubs are probably THE best way to get started in the sport. However, we want MTB to be encouraged and taught in schools alongside other sports like swimming and athletics!
MTBA has a “Dirt School’ resource pack available, which is suitable for any teachers or schools interested in mountain biking.
View the MTBA Junior Policy