US Motocross Champion Ashley Fiolek made the long trip to Australia last week (July 27 -30), to coach our newest crop of riders in the Far North. Cairns MX Club let us know how the clinics went:
Ashley Fiolek is a true inspiration. Born profoundly deaf, Ashley has achieved so much in her 24 years. Ashley Fiolek is a four x Womens Pro National Motocross Champion and a two x X-Games Super-X Gold Medallist. Ashley was the first female rider to earn a full factory ride. She has won Championships on a National level, as an amateur, a privateer and a factory rider.
Ashley Fiolek and her interpreter Kate Wenzel made the journey from the USA to work with Cairns MX Club’s Coaching Co-Ordinator Robert Salafia, following an email from Robert.
“Ashley Fiolek is an idol for just about every female rider I know, so it made sense to invite Ashley over,” he says.
Ashley runs regular coaching clinics in the USA with her Ashley Fiolek MX Schools, which are gaining a lot of momentum. Ashley and Kate said the Cairns School was the largest and most successful group they have worked with, and they are keen for a return trip in 2016. This is already in the early stages of planning.
On day one when Ashley arrived at the track, some of the girls were in tears and shaking; their smiles were huge. The excitement level was so high. Everyone was buzzing. This is the reason we organised the school- to see dreams come true and to inspire the girls that anything is possible if you really want it. Ashley has shown that more than anyone out there.
The week was a total success. We had riders travel from Port Augusta and Berri in South Australia, Bathurst in New South Wales, and Maroochydore, Mackay, Moranbah, Townsville and Cairns in Queensland.
Ashley and Kate worked with the participants with their unique communication style, on all aspects of riding from cornering, throttle control, body position, clutch and brake control, starting, practice and training drills, and showed what it takes to be a champion female rider and role model.
The Coaching School was also visited by Meghan Rutledge, which surprised many of the girls. Again, the excitement level peaked. It was great to see Meg, our Aussie girl on the world stage, help the girls out with coaching as well. Cairns Enduro rider and new mum, Tanya Hearn who has represented Australia multiple times in the ISDE (International Six Day Enduro) also came along to lend a hand and meet the newest crop of riders.
It was a pleasure to meet the parents of these amazing riders, who will all achieve so much if this week was any type of guide. These parents offered to help out with anything and everything; I’m sure their home clubs love having them as members.
Once again, Cairns MX would like to thank our sponsors Piccones Village on Pease Street, Motosapien for supplying Ashley’s bike, Melissa Duncan for her awesome photos, all the riders, parents and grandparents, and last but not least Tanya Hearn, Meghan Rutledge, Kate Wenzel and Ashley Fiolek.
You can follow Ashley Fiolek on her official page: Ashley Fiolek MX Schools,
and on Instagram: af67.
Written by Carla Salafia.
Photo credit – Melissa Duncan