Parkes Open Coaching presented by MXstore
Parkes was the first of six Open Coaching weekends that MXstore and I have scheduled for 2019, and it exceeded any expectation I had! Open Coaching is for everyone, so we had 11 girls, 11 boys and 3 Dads, with ages ranging from 9 – 46. The property was a private watered MX track in the middle of what felt like a desert. I’d seen in the news that NSW is dry but seeing is truly believing.
Ellyse (my co-coach and right-hand lady) and I had some help from local enduro Guru, Foodge Burrell, and enjoyed the demo skills of current AORC competitor Nick Tomlinson. Getting help from local coaches and riders is something that I will be doing at all the Open Coaching events in 2019. We covered the usual braking, cornering, jumping, logs etc. but also did some enduro race prep. with timed sprint laps and had some fun with slow races in the afternoon (vid below). We couldn’t run these kids out of energy!
Ellyse and I talked a lot on our 12 hour drive home, and agreed that the best part of the weekend was meeting all the youngsters and seeing the talent that is coming through, these kids were hitting up the whoops like nobody’s business. But also, seeing the kids working together and stopping to help if their mate crashed or couldn’t start their bike was really wonderful. We had little miss Shaniqua in tears on Saturday morning and the older kids were helping her through the muddy track, and then in the arvo we spotted her stopping to help other kids.
Thank you so much to the MacDonald Family, not only did we use their property, they hosted a Pool Party with amazing food for everyone on Saturday Night! And thanks all the wonderful Parkes families! We already can’t wait for 2020.
“I really enjoyed my weekend training with you guys! You girls make things easy to understand and are very helpful with any questions. Will be definitely back next year!”
“Had a awesome weekend in Parkes with Jemma and Ellyse, running a great coaching clinic. highly recommend the girls and the way that they teach MX and offroad riding skills. The message gets through to the kids and they break it down and give everyone plenty of individual time. Good to see coaches being positive and happy the whole time. Great Work.”