Fri, Dec 24, 2021 6:50 AM

Krankin' Kids go bush

Students on ride with view of Kaiteriteri. Photo: Supplied.

Jonty Dine

Nelson Tasman kids will be cranking their bikes into the bush over the next couple of months as part of a programme run by local mountain bike (MTB) coaching organisation Krankin’ Kids.

Krankin’ Kids’ ‘Bike to Bush’ holiday programmes are being offered in December and January this summer for young people between the ages of seven and fifteen at any MTB riding experience level.

Participants are invited to take part in hands-on predator control education, learn how to maintain trails and play nature focused games and activities, in-between enjoying the trails of the region’s spectacular Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park.

Founding Partner of Krankin’ Kids Emma Bawtree says so many young riders inadvertently find a sense of belonging and connection through their immersion with the outdoors.

“In ‘Bike to Bush’ we’re officially partnering up with nature to encourage this further!”

Coaches Alice Baker and Liam Ryder teach students some tricks. Photo: Supplied.
Coaches Alice Baker and Liam Ryder teach students some tricks. Photo: Supplied.

Krankin’ Kids riders have additional opportunities to grow and learn about themselves, beyond bikes.

During sessions more experienced riders within groups are invited to take on leadership roles as mentors for newcomers, and senior students can train to become paid Junior Coaches after graduation from the Kids’ programme.

There’s also a girls-only programme and plenty of family events in the region to take part in outside of class time.

“I see our programmes as providing pathway opportunities for life-long connections to others, and to nature too” says Emma.

“That’s got to be a good thing.”