West Australian Mountain Bike Association (WAMBA) is the state representative body for the West Australian mountain bike community.

A volunteer organisation, WAMBA works collaboratively with key stakeholders to identify, develop and sustain mountain bike experiences in Western Australia.

And also acts as a resource for clubs looking for help on trail advocacy and grants, and co-ordinates the racing calendar.

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Congratulations to these junior riders on being part of WA's new high performance programme!

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WAMBA and WestCycle are excited to announce the first ever WA State Mountain Bike Squad - another step in the expansion of the new high performance programme for WA mountain bikers.

Approximately 40 riders have taken up the chance to attend great coaching sessions, workshops and camps, while being assisted with preparation and travel to the 2017 National MTB Championships, being held March next year in Toowoomba, QLD.

This is an awesome result in the first year of the programme and highlights the strength of junior development in the state.  

Damon Blacker (DH)

Samuel Buchanan (DH)                  

Timmy Davie (DH)

Zac Jacobsen (DH)

Sophie Johnson (DH)

Oliver Kaard (DH)

Brendan Keilar (DH)

Gus Kyme (DH)

Roly Kyme (DH)

Arie Madlener (DH)

Tate McBroom (DH)

Jesse Morgan (DH)

Toby Muller (DH)

Declan O’Connor (DH)

Liam Pickering (DH)

Kris Robson (DH)

Jaxson Sawyer (DH)

Jordan Schmidt (DH)

Yuliang Seow (DH)

Nathan Sivec (DH)

Greg Stanley (DH)

Lachlan Stead (DH)

Blair Stuart (DH)

Caelin Stuart (DH)

Brodie Townrow (DH)

Riley Westra (DH)

Cadel Adams (XC)

Iona Anderson (XC)

Jyden Brewer-Shearman (XC)

Toby Dew (XC)

Lily Grevatt (XC)

Chester Hinton (XC)

Riley Jenkinson (XC)

Bryce Lanigan (XC)

Johann Scholtz (XC)

Emma Smith (XC)

Sarah Tucknott (XC)

Jessica Waldron (XC)

Lachlan Waldron (XC)

Tarky Wall (XC)

Taj Wisewould (XC)

Jacob Wright (XC)

Sam Wright (XC)

This programme would not have been possible without others over the past 3 years setting the strong foundations upon which it is set. A huge ‘thank you’ to Tony Tucknott and Graeme Adams for their involvement in the WA State Team - both were heavily involved in establishing, coaching and organizing the programme. WAMBA has both endorsed and supported the programme over this time, providing team kit and expertise in the selection process. Recently WAMBA and WestCycle have worked hard with the Department of Sport and Recreation to expand the programme, and we now have the opportunity to offer a programme that is not only bigger and better for junior mountain bikers in WA, but one that is leading the rest of Australia. A huge thank you to all who have been involved, including riders, clubs, coaches, parents and supporting sporting bodies - we should all be very proud of the work that has been done to get us to this point.

Moving forward, we are pleased have the services and knowledge of WestCycle High Performance Manager, Joe McCarthy, have appointed Mark Wardle as WA State Coach and to expand the programme to now include a State Squad. The State Team continues to be the high performance pathway for the state’s elite riders, so approximately 16 of the best riders from the State Squad will be selected to wear the WA kit and represent our state at the Nationals. The remaining State Squad members can wear club, sponsor or individual kit.

However all the juniors, no matter whether they are in the State Squad or Team, will be able to receive the benefits from being selected in the programme. These will include: attending training sessions, travel package to the nationals, full duty of care at the Nationals and help accessing funding grants.

The new high performance programme has been designed as an open programme - inclusive of all junior mountain bikers who race in Western Australia. Riders are free to train with a private coach, club coach, another mountain biking programme or no coach. The aim of the programme is to add to and complement a rider’s current training, with a goal to helping them achieve the best results at the Nationals.

Congratulations to all of these riders on being a part of the first WA State Squad. We look forward to watching the progress of these talented juniors and seeing the new programme evolve into something every other state would love to have.

An important part of the programme is the development camps. Read about the experience of Jacob, one of our U17 riders who attended the recent junior development camp held in Pemberton:

Fun, Laughs and Quality Trails are three things that come to mind when I think about the Pemberton MTB Junior Development Camp. This is closely followed by great coaches, who not only wanted the best from us as mountain bikers, but as teenagers who just wanted to have fun. Our coaches were Mark Wardle and Katja Alsop, with guest appearances from former Masters Downhill World Champion, Dean Davies and Reece Tucknott, a current Australian U23 XCO World Cup and World Championship Competitor.

With Dean we honed our cornering not only on berms, but on the flat too. Dean also helped us in our understanding of how to properly set up suspension. With Reece, we learned how crucial line choice can be, and that you always need to be looking ahead and watching what the trail gives you, because trails can change so easily from ride to ride. We witnessed this with plenty or rain and our trail change dramatically after we rode it back and forth. Mark taught us the importance of vision and how easy it can be to carry speed once you focus on riding with the correct technique, we even did some theory, ouch! Katja took the U15’s and U13’s and helped them with their balance, switchback climbing and switchback descending.

The camp consisted of riding every day and even though most days we had scheduled riding for 6 hours a day, it was never enough. By the end of each day day after 6+ hours of riding, it was great to sit down, listen to Reece Tucknott’s experiences at the world cup level or enjoy a tasty cup of milo whilst watching awesome mountain biking videos (Not Bad and Not 2 Bad).

But what really makes these camps special, is spending it with the people there. Having the support of everyone at these camps makes you feel welcome. There’s nothing like sending a jump whilst the ‘Lads’ are going wild and heckling like there’s no tomorrow. To have the support of your peers is a great feeling! These camps always remind me why mountain biking is such a great sport, even if you’re not on the bike the exultant atmosphere makes you think, ‘there’s no place I’d rather be.’

Also a massive thankyou to Mark Hudson, for all of the endless work he does around the camp school and mammoth efforts in keeping the trails primed and ready for shredding. He was even prepared for a snapped frame! Without him this camp could not have been anywhere near as awesome as it was, so thank you Mark!

Thanks to the guest coaches Reece Tucknott and Dean Davies for giving up their time to drive down to Pemberton and teach us some high level skills that we will take with us throughout our entire Mountain biking lives!

Thanks also goes to our coaches Mark Wardle and Katja Alsop, without them driving some of us and our bikes down and back, we wouldn’t have made it to such an awesome camp! They were also fantastic coaches and really helped us juniors evolve and improve our skills and in turn our riding.

And a massive thanks to WAMBA, WestCycle and Rock and Roll Mountain biking for doing all the behind the scenes business in coordinating this camp, because of them it is one I will remember for many years!

Photos from the junior development camp held in Pemberton, October 2016 (supplied by Mark Wardle).

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