Reclink Australia were privileged to have the support of the Minister for Sport, the Hon John Eren, Ms Christine Couzins, the Member for Geelong, and the Deputy Mayor of the City of Greater Geelong, Michelle Heagney to help launch the new TryCycling program.
Reclink Australia is also proud to announce Paralympian, World Champion and Olympic Gold Medallist Carol Cooke as ambassador of the TryCycling program.
TryCycling is a joint initiative between Reclink Australia and Cycling Victoria. The program aims to provide people with a disability the opportunity to learn from qualified instructors the safe use of adapted cycles and to enjoy the benefits of cycling.
“Freedom, confidence, self-esteem and life skills are all things that can be found through cycling. The TryCycling program will mean that the benefits of cycling will be open to people of all abilities” said Carol Cooke, Program Ambassador.
Cycling Victoria facilitates the introduction to organised cycling, developing a strong competitive cycling program, protecting and advocating the rights of cyclists, and acts as the organising body which promotes all aspects of cycling in Victoria.
“Cycling is a sport that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy. The TryCycling program now provides the opportunity for people with a disability to experience the joy of cycling. We are excited to be working with Reclink to deliver this program.” Said Kip Kaufman, CEO, Cycling Victoria.
Utilising sport, recreation and arts programs, Reclink Australia engages some of the communities most vulnerable and isolated people, including people experiencing significant disadvantage.
In 2013 Reclink Australia was appointed by Sport and Recreation Victoria to establish the Access for All Abilities First Point of Call Service (AAA Play) which aims to connect people with a disability to sports and recreation participation opportunities throughout the Melbourne metropolitan area.
“While sport has value in everyone's life, it is even more important in the life of a person with a disability. We know that participation among disabled people is significantly lower across all age groups compared to non-disabled people. TryCycling is a tremendous initiative to reduce the barriers to sports participation for people with disability while at the same time reducing stress, improving independence, learning and improved physical activity for participants.” Said John Ballis, CEO, Reclink Australia.
TryCycling will be initially launching in four locations; Geelong, Hawthorn, Preston & Cranbourne, with more planned in the near future.