Making a mark at the Mountain Bike Championships

STUDENTS from around the state converged at the Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park last month to hit the tracks for the annual Tasmanian All Schools Mountain Bike Championships.

Among those to enjoy success was the Fahan School team, which placed second in the event overall and first in the girls under-15 and under-17 events.

“Even though it was a little difficult competing against experienced boys, it just made it all the better when completed, as the track and team did so well overall,” year 10 student Meg Edwards said.

“It was good to try out something that I wouldn’t normally do.”

It was only the second year Fahan had entered a team, having the most participants from any school in the state.

“There’s been a growth in the sport in Tasmania which has opened up opportunities for girls to take part in a physically different challenge in a typically male dominated sport,” Fahan School mountain biking coach Alison Manson said.

“The supportive way in which we introduce girls to mountain biking from year five onwards means this year we have had a massive group of girls sign up, from year seven through to year 12.”

Fahan School principal Tony Freeman said the school encouraged girls to be “adventurous and have a go”.

“As a small school the determination and spirit of the girls consistently produces participation levels and results above expectation,” he said.

“I’m delighted that more than half the female competitors in this year’s Mountain Bike Championships are from Fahan.”

Caption: From left, Fahan School year 10 students Charlotte Ingram and Elsie Lamb, and year nine student Madeleine Townley.