Members of Queensland’s Sunshine Welfare and Remedial Association (SWARA) had the pleasure of receiving cycle training from AustCycle Provider Cycle Away.
The multi-diagnostic disability centre in Brisbane received the cycle training as part of the Australian government’s Healthy Communities Initiative, which aims to get the community healthy and active.
Jan Stevenson, owner and accredited Teacher at AustCycle, said that the group was a pleasure to teach.
“They absolutely loved it,” Stevenson told AustCycle. “We used the stabilisers that AustCycle gave us and the first two people just loved it. They had never ridden before but once they started we just couldn’t stop them riding. They were both in their 50’s and they thought they would never have the chance to learn to ride a bike, but I taught them and they actually did it”.
The stabilisers were given to Cycle Away to support people with less mobility and to encourage further participation by people who were concerned about balance.
A spokesperson from the SWARA group said the session was a success.
“Many SWARA members are avid cyclists, while others haven’t been on a bike for a few years,” the spokesperson said. “Everybody involved had a great day and it was good to get some exercise too! We are hoping to hold some more cycling events later on in the year”.