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Hello Junior Mountain Bikers and Parents,

Mark Wardle here. I am writing this letter to introduce myself and the new roles created by WestCycle and WAMBA as part of the state high performance pathway for juniors in cycling. Through Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) funding, WestCycle has employed a High Performance Manager, Joe McCarthy, and three head coaches (mountain bike, track and road) for the next two years - to create, develop and oversee a pathway for juniors to be part of and attend National level events in their chosen form of cycling.

This programme is aimed at under 15-17 and under 19-23 junior riders.

I have been appointed the State Mountain Bike Coach, and as such, would like to offer any assistance in helping with junior development, or answer any questions you may have about this new and exciting programme.

The programme will offer junior riders the chance to attend camps, workshops, training sessions, and lead to selection in a State Squad and State Team for the Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) National Championships.

 Team WA MTB concept

NEW West Australian Mountain Bike High Performance Programme

I have had quite a lot of riders and parents asking how this new programme will work and how they can become involved. Firstly, I would like to outline the programme and how it will function.
Please note that some areas of the programme are still being worked through, so final numbers and estimates will be updated as soon as they are approved.

WAMBA State Squad Selection Criteria

Please see below the selection criteria for the WAMBA State Squad set up within our High Performance environment:

U15 - U17 State Squad

U19 - U23 State Squad

2016 WA Junior State Team

State Squad Costs & Services

There will be up to 48 riders selected in each WAMBA State Squad. These riders will be offered the below: 

Over the coming weeks I will email you an outline of the goals and aims we will try to achieve over the coming two years, and how you can benefit from this programme. 

Database of WA Junior Mountain Bikers

Currently there is no database of junior riders in Western Australia. One of the biggest issues I have heard speaking to many clubs, parents and riders is the lack of information and the means for this to get out to the juniors. Too many times I have heard after a camp, race etc that a rider missed that event as they didn't know it was on.
I would like to create a database that contains the clubs, coaches, parents and junior riders in WA - where a newsletter or email can be sent out to keep everyone updated with important information and events offered as part of the WA High Performance pathway.

If you like to be added to this database, please forward your contact details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will forward you the form.

2016 WA Junior MTB Development Camp

Junior Development Camp 2016

Pemberton, 6th - 9th October

The first part of the high performance programme will be the Junior Development Camp that has been run in WA for the last three years. Starting as a Perth Mountain Bike Club and MTBA camp, this year it will be presented under the WestCycle/ WAMBA banner.
But all the awesome things about the camp will remain the same! 

I know many juniors have attended this camp in the past, and it would be great to see those riders return and new juniors attend for the first time. Last year many of the mountain bike clubs gave a reimbursement to juniors to attend this camp. Please check with your club to see if they have this option.

The link to book your place is below:  
https://eventdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=20699&OrgID=8519 

If you would like to discuss any part of the high performance programme or junior development in general, WestCycle High Performance Manager, Joe McCarthy or I will be happy to discuss. Please feel free to contact Joe via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 08 6336 9688, or me (details below).


Regards,
Mark Wardle | WAMBA State Mountain Bike Coach
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