Cycling Australia Paracyclists Give back to the Community in Greenville, SC.
Cycling Australia's Mission Statement states that "As an organization our objectives are to create opportunities for all riders and people interested in cycling. More importantly we are advocates for improving Cycling within Australia". Today our Paracyclists expanded that mission statement to include the USA as they inspired a new generation of American students.
Tuesday afternoon found our AUS Paracyclists visiting Sevier Middle School in Greenville, SC. The middle school, years 6-8 has an enrollment of 656 students.
The school visit came about when several of our AUS paracyclists joined the Greenville Spinners for a group ride and were then invited to a bbq hosted by the Spinners. Jodi Imes, a member of the Spinners club, teaches computer technology at Sevier and thought that a visit from our Aussie athletes would be a great learning experience for her students. The 7th grades adopted moto is "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream".
Stuart Tripp, Carol Cooke, Mic Curran and Matt Fomrston spent some quality time with Jodi's 7th grade class talking about their experiences as athletes overcoming adversity as well as paracycling and the upcoming championships. The class asked questions and spent time taking pics with the athletes.
Despite their own individual goals as well as the teams goals here at the ParaCycling Road World Championships, our athletes continue motivate and encourage those around them and set an examples not only as high performance athletes but as community leaders.