Many years of planning came to a head on November 7 – 8, when the Central Queensland Junior Development Camp was held at Yeppon’s Coastal Park Motocross Track.
114 Junior Riders from as far away as Richmond, Roma, Brisbane and Proserpine converged on the immaculately presented home track of the Keppel Coast Dirt Riders Club. This number included 17 female riders.
The clinic was presented free of charge to all juniors thanks to the hard work by the CQ Offroad Committee and kind financial contributions from the Motorcycling Queensland Junior Development Fund, Woolworths Supermarkets, Curtis Coast Trail Riding Club, Capricorn Dirt Riders and the Pioneer Valley Enduro Club. The riders experienced the whole camp atmosphere with all meals provided in a dorm style environment.
Around 24 coaches and mentors from throughout Central Queensland gave up their valuable time to assist, some driving well over 6 hours to be there. Assistance was also forthcoming from many of our past junior riders now progressing to the senior ranks who spent countless hours all weekend picking up and nurturing the future of our sport. Never before have I seen such commitment and dedication to a sport.
A huge storm on Saturday afternoon did little to dampen the spirits, with all eagerly waiting for the rain to subside so they could return to the track.
The clinic was about juniors on bikes, not disciplines. Over sixty riders were put through the Kickstart course and all made huge improvements as they circulated in groups around the track.
This clinic ticked all the boxes- children were taught safe riding skills, most disciplines were touched on and ridden, the invisible glass barrier between Enduro and Motocross was removed, parents were guided through the licencing processes and given all the answers to all the questions they could think of, friendships were made, and most of all, every rider went home with a huge smile on their face.
Organisers say it was an amazing to see so many juniors in the one area and thank each and every person who helped out and contributed in any way.
Photos thanks to Katrina Ayers