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Monday, 14 January 2013

South Australian boys learn to ride trikes for the first time

Ride-a-Bike Right has been inspiring more members of the South Australian community to ride, helping three disabled boys to ride a trike for the very first time.

AustCycle Provider and Teacher Lee-Anne Fleming taught the three 18 and 19-year-old boys, who all had severe intellectual disabilities, by running four 90 minute sessions in the HCI area of Campbelltown. Fleming said the changes in the boys was amazing.

“It is in these programs that we see where such change can be made. By the end of the week one of the boys was able to ride the trike around by himself, and another was able to sit on the trike with hands on the handlebars and be pulled around. We were able to get him to rest his feet on the pedals too - but he’d learnt where the break was and that made it too hard!”

“And the third boy, well, I can tell you that Darren and I were so pleased when on the third session he actually got out of the chair on the sidelines and started walking around the room, looking at his housemates who were on the trikes. Small steps indeed, but steps nonetheless”.

John Hernandez, senior carer at the Audley House for Levada, said the AustCycle course was something that he and the boys will never forget.

“A big thank you for enriching the life of our people at Audley. A first in their lives of the joy of participating in bike riding. I will never forget the look on their faces, it is etched in my mind for all time”.

To contact Ride-a-Bike Right phone Lee-Anne on 0431 120 802 or email info@rideabikeright.com.au.  To find out more about AustCycle visit http://www.austcycle.com.au.

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