Tania’s introduction to riding happened when growing up "in the bush," as it was called back then and an opportunity presented itself. One of her dad’s workmates came around with a dirt bike and she began riding for fun. There were plenty of places to ride and she was soon using her first bike as a form of transportation to get to and from friends’ houses. She remembers there were no neighbours to annoy and hardly any gazetted roads.
Tania’s involvement with motorcycling in Queensland has been quite varied. She began working in the motorcycle industry at 14 in the local motorcycle dealership and began racing pony express with her dad. She tried Motocross racing not long after and was hooked.
‘I competed mostly in motocross and dirt track but have raced almost every discipline at some point over the last 30yrs. I realised during this time that in order for me to compete it took a vast array of volunteers to run an event so I obtained my officials licence to try and help out at events. This was sometimes difficult due to the fact that I was also wanting to compete. I always had good coaching and thought that this was another way of helping others and the sport and still being able to compete. I was the first female to obtain a level 2 coaching accreditation and have been coaching ever since.’
Over time with a small but passionate group of supporters, Tania has managed to have girls’/women’s events introduced throughout Queensland where it is recognised today as stand-alone events.
Tania says the most enjoyable aspect of coaching is seeing the improvement and a sense of achievement the participants exhibit afterwards.
‘You have an amazing opportunity to have a positive influence on the lives of the person you are coaching both on and off the track.’
Tania remembers many great highlights over the years but one of the biggest was racing at the International Women Motocross titles in the USA.
‘I would encourage any girls/women with a passion for motorcycling to contact their local club or motorcycling Queensland for information regarding events. There are a lot of clubs that offer girls/women’s classes and also come try days/practice days. Ask if the club has any other female competitors and possibly liaise with them. Above all else "have a go" don’t let anyone deter you from trying something you enjoy.’
Outside of motorcycling Tania keeps busy working, gardening and spending time with her nieces and nephew.
Tania says Women’s Week showcases and celebrates all that is great for women involved in motorcycling, from volunteers and officials through to competitors and will highlight the incredible contribution that women make to the sport. She says there will be a plethora of various events, content, debate and positive commitments for the future whilst encouraging and raising awareness of opportunities for women and girls to take part in various roles of motorcycling.