Sports supporters: Ballarat Scenic Cyclists president Alex Brisbane and AAA Sports Ballarat’s Kellie Tait met last week before the group headed for a ride. Photo: EDWINA WILLIAMS

Cyclists boost all-abilities junior athletes

January 14, 2021 BY

BALLARAT Scenic Cyclists’ annual President’s Ride has raised funds for local not-for-profit, Access All Abilities Sports.

The charity, which creates sporting opportunities for young people between the ages of five and 16 who live with a disability, received a cheque for $350.

AAA Sports Ballarat founder Kellie Tait said her team “rely on donations like this” to ensure their programs can continue to run.

“This past year’s been particularly difficult for us with COVID, and it’s been an especially tough year for our children with disabilities,” she said.

“Our young people have really missed the opportunity to be able to play sport, so we’re really excited to be able to get our programming back up and running in term one.

“It doesn’t matter what their disability is, we make sure we’re able to cater for them.”

Ballarat Scenic Cyclists president Alex Brisbane said the President’s Ride always raises funds for a charity, with members cycling to Kirk’s Reservoir and enjoying a barbecue together.

“This is the second time we’ve donated to AAA Sports. We ask members to suggest charities, and this was the most suitable group for us,” he said.

For more than 25 years, BSC has welcomed mainly retired and semi-retired members of all experiences.

The inclusive club heads out on different rides across the city multiple times a week, and on a longer ride of 30 to 50 kilometers once a month. A chat, coffee and cake often follow.

Mr Brisbane said BSC’s motto is simple and explains everything potential members need to know before they jump on the bike.

“It’s good for fun, friendship and fitness.”

Visit sceniccyclists.ballarat.vic.au for information about upcoming rides.