The first ever School Holiday Camps kicked off in Boonah on January 9, and offered riders three days of off-road motorcycle training.
Riders were lucky enough to be coached by Boonah’s local postman and Motocross coach, Barry Surawski, Motorcycling Queensland Coaching Co-ordinator, Rod Jenner, and four times world Enduro Champion, Jemma Wilson. The camp was aimed at riders of all ages and abilities, and saw 29 riders turn up to receive coaching by some of Queensland’s best coaches.
Co-promoted by Motorcycling Queensland and Queensland Moto Park, event organiser Karly Hoger, said the holiday camp “went off with a bang”.
“All participants were very keen to learn more and more every session, and really warmed up to the coaches by day three. They bonded with each other over a cricket game on day two and have built life-long friendships from this camp," says Hoger.
“We are really keen to grow the camp each school holidays and built it up to be bigger and better every year.”
The second Holiday Camp kicks off next Monday, January 16, and registrations are almost full!
The School Holiday Camps follow the introduction of Queensland Moto Park’s new coaching program, which sees one coach rostered on duty each month. In December, state and national Motocross Champion Luke Styke gave up his time to provide tips and tricks to riders, which was complimentary with entry to the park. In January, Toowoomba’s John Armstrong gave up his time to coach, with plenty of positive feedback.
Queensland Moto Park is the state’s only ride park with the backing of the Queensland Government, and was opened in 2011. Attracting more than 30,000 visitors, the park has a great relationship with Boonah and the surrounding areas, injecting approximately $500,000 into the local economy annually via Scenic Rim businesses.