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Kids

Coaching programs

Lil' Miss Orca and MRORCA Grommets are our year-round Kids Mountain Bike Coaching programmes that run weekly, every school term.
 

We understand that boys and girls can have different goals when it comes to enjoying mountain biking.

Lil' MIss Orcas, was created in 2019 as a safe, all female place for young girls to learn skills to increase confidence and enjoyment on the trails. We also foster fun and friendship with the games and races as well as adventure rides.

MRORCA Grommets is a coaching programme for both boys and girls. This group welcomes all levels of riders, from age 7+. Boys are naturally more high octane than the girls, and the energy level of this group demonstrates this!
Our experienced coaches create fun & skill focussed sessions for your little frother.

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Meet the

Coaches

MRORCA GROMMETS

KIDS AGED 7 to 16  -  THURSDAYS 4PM to 5PM

What is it? MRORCA Grommets is a Mountain Biking Skills Coaching Group for Kids Aged 7-16.

Our aim is to create a positive environment for kids to increase their confidence on their mountain bikes through skills training, group rides and games. These sessions have a strong emphasis on fun and are suitable to all levels.

What we offer:

  • Fully qualified and experienced Auscycling Coaches

  • New skills

  • Games

  • Mechanics

What you need:

  • A mountain bike in good working order with gears, hand brakes and mountain bike tyres. If you're unsure if your child’s bike is suitable take it to your local mountain bike store and ask them to have a look over it for you.

  • Australian Safety Standards Approved Helmet

  • Each kid will need to have a current AusCycling membership for insurance purposes

  • A MRORCA Membership

Cost:

$50 for the term. Limited numbers.

Each term starts on the first Thursday of every term.

BRENDAN HOLLAND

Brendan started racing BMX in the 80’s then found Mountain Biking in the late 90’s & never looked back. Riding has led him to some amazing places including living in Whistler (Canada) & Wanaka (NZ), working as a bike mechanic, trail builder & guide, along with riding & racing trips all over the world. And 2013 Megavalanche in France was an absolute highlight for him! 

He still frothes on riding & racing his bike & is stoked to be a part of helping riders progress, from the early basic skills, right through to advanced skills & racecraft.

ian thwaites

Ian started riding MTB in Canada while on teaching exchange to Vancouver Island in 2011. Since then, has ridden in NZ, USA, Canada and many places in Australia.

I like to work with kids and I would like to see more kids get off the couch and get into riding so they can appreciate their local forests and other areas of trail development. They may also become custodians of the natural environment and take up the reigns to guide and protect our natural resourses.

Leo Cerda

Leo has many years of mountain biking experience as well as having a play at fixing and building his own bikes. He has a young son and can't wait for him to be old enough to join the coaching program.

Leo is an AusCycling qualified MTB Coach and loves to share his passion for cycling, any kind of cycling really.

Leo is so keen to get kids and families out on their bikes that he published a couple articles in the Australian Mountain Bike Magazine about "Kidpacking" aka Bikepacking with your kids! 

 
 

Lil miss orca

GIRLS AGED 7 to 16  -  THURSDAYS 4PM to 5PM

What is it? LIL' MISS ORCA is a mentoring and coaching group to encourage young girls into and to remain in mountain biking.

Our aim with Lil’ Miss Orca is to create a positive environment for girls to increase their confidence on their mountain bikes through skills training, group rides and games. Our mentors have many years of riding experience and want to share their passion and fun on a bike with more girls and women. These sessions are aimed at all girls, whether you want to be the next Rachel Atherton or just a weekend warrior.

What we offer:

  • Fully qualified and experienced Auscycling Coaches

  • Female mentors

  • New skills

  • Games

  • Mechanics

What you need:

  • A mountain bike in good working order with gears, hand brakes and mountain bike tyres. If you're unsure if your daughter’s bike is suitable take it to your local mountain bike store and ask them to have a look over it for you.

  • Australian Safety Standards Approved Helmet

  • Each kid will need to have a current AusCycling membership for insurance purposes

  • A MRORCA Membership

Cost:

$50 for the term. Limited numbers.

Each term starts on the first Thursday of every term.

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Meet the

Coaches

Bec Steele

Bec has a whopping 20+ years mountain biking experience under her belt. She had her first taste of mountain biking in Portugal in the 90’s and took to it like a duck to water.

Bec worked for Dirty Detours as a tour guide taking school groups through Boranup Forest, and more advanced riders through South Carters Creek Trails. She started the successful MRORCA Kids Rides in the pines and she is an active member of MRORCA and races in the WA Gravity Enduro Series.

Bec has two children who you're likely to meet in our coaching groups.

Bec is an AusCycling qualified MTB Coach and is keen to help girls reach their full MTB potential.

Dianne james

Di has been competing for 11 years within the Western Australia Mountain Bike scene and is part of the “Giant WA Racing Team”.

In 2015, Di started “Margaret RivHER MtbHER” social rides and coaching for local ladies.  She is also an accredited AusCycling Instructor. 

Di works as a mountain bike tour guide in her own business “Margaret River Mountain Bike Tours”.

She says:

“I ride for the Fun, Fitness and Friendship.  I love helping women and girls gain confidence on a Mountain Bike.”

Sarah scheltema

Sarah has been involved with bikes since a tiny tot.  Growing up in a country town as a child, her precious bright green Malvern Star was her gateway to many adventures and much mischief.  Teenage years saw her bike as her principle mode of transport and a way to escape and explore.

Move forward decades, and after owning a bike shop in Perth and working in three other bike shops escaping to Margaret River was when the mountain bike bug hit really hard.  

Transitioning from road riding in the metropolitan region to mountain biking in the forests of the Margaret River was a steep learning curve and resulted in many bumps, bruises and laughs and reignited a passion for riding. 

 

"Coaching is a wonderful and rewarding experience.  There is nothing quite like seeing the girls in our Lil Miss Orca progress from nervous newbies to confident trail warriors and seeing the excitement and pride on their faces when they tackle a feature or ride a trail that was totally beyond their skills at the beginning of the term"