BMX loving students from Keith Area School were privileged to spend the afternoon picking up tips, tricks and valuable life lessons from Lighthouse Youth Project members Jamie, Ryan and Daniel.
The not-for-profit organisation has visited schools across the Tatiara since 2012, shared their love for riding with the community and empowered students to live life to the fullest and reach their full potential.
Lighthouse Youth Project principal cofounder and executive director Jamie Moore said the organisation usually worked with disadvantaged youth, particularly those in the justice system.
“It’s pretty special we get to come to the Tatiara because we spend most of our time in Adelaide, mentoring and supporting very disengaged youth toward a more successful future,” he said.
“We’ve been here before and we now have a pretty great ongoing relationship with the Keith Area School and Bordertown High School and Primary.
“We really love coming here – the kids are great!”
Jamie said it was evident kids from country areas such as Keith are equiped for biking and the outdoors.
“We are stoked to be here, the kids are really engaged and are all pretty competent on a BMX,” Jamie said.
“In a town like Keith there’s lots of room for improvement with the skate scene – a pump track or a BMX track would be utilised by lots of people no matter what age.”
Jamie said it was important for country towns to facilitate a variety of different sports and recreation.
“In lots of country towns football and netball are the default sport, but what if you don’t fit in that category?,” he said.
“Pump and BMX tracks offer the community more options to get outdoors, learn new skills and socialise in a fun and productive way.
“Tracks can be used by families, older people, younger people – people can use skates, a scooters, bikes or skateboards.”
Keith Area School principal Tobias O’Connor said the skate park had been well utilised by students and the greater community.
“We see lots of families out here being active and social, it’s a great thing – hopefully we will be seeing the park expand in the very near future and increase the community that we have surrounding the skate park.”
At the end of the BMX biking and mentoring session, Lighthouse Youth Project Inc gifted a BMX bike to Keith Area School student Wynnum Gill.
The decision was made by random selection.