Rides begin on Sunday May 26th from 2-4pm and run for ten weeks – always on Sundays
The genesis of “Youth Spokes” was a program that BIG ran in 2020 in conjunction with the Lambton Kent District School Board. It was virtual over three weeks with 4000+ students participating. The enjoyment, participation and feedback prompted BIG to develop the Youth Spokes program.
This year’s Youth Spokes program will run for 10 Sundays starting May 28th and ending July 30th between the hours of 2 and 4 pm. Youth Spokes will have 10-12 Leaders and a number of assistants to help teach the skills required to explore on two wheels and stay safe while doing so. It will provide an opportunity to develop self confidence and self-reliance to allow youth to experience the freedom granted by a bicycle and the integration of healthy activity into everyday life.
The Youth Spokes curriculum will be structured to serve multiple Sarnia Lambton Public Schools and organizations and will a focus on:
Youth Spokes has procured a fleet of over 20 bikes and helmets for this program.
Jordan Colquhoun is a local entrepreneur in the renovation and construction industry. He has been an avid cyclist, mountain biker, adventurer and he is always looking to be in the outdoors. He loves working with youth and giving them opportunities to expand their minds and experiences.
A mainstay in the local cycling scene, Mike Fitzjohn’s passion for bikes began as a youth riding at our local bike/skate park bowl. When not at home or at work he can be hard to pin down as his passion for cycling takes him from daily cycling commutes to work, riding singletrack, to multi-day, self-supported bike-packing adventures. Mike is thrilled to once again to give back to the community by being a part of the Youth Spokes program for a second season.
Victoria (Vic) Racine played basketball at Fanshawe College in London and completed her degree in architecture from Ontario College of Art & Design University. Since returning to Sarnia she has been volunteer coaching and working as a project manager – mostly overseeing all the new construction happening at Lambton College. She has been very active her whole life but more recently has been getting into cycling. Vic loves working with youth and is a talented young coach who is a great addition to our team.
Kendel Ross played basketball professionally overseas in Portugal and Spain as well as with various levels of the Canadian Women’s Natonal team program (2002-2014). She competed at the University of Dayton (NCAA D1) where she completed her master’s degree in health sciences. Since returning to Sarnia she has been high performance and wellness coaching as well as teaching at Lambton College. She is a certified nutrition coach and started Growth Mindset Co (www.growthmindsetco.ca) offering customized coaching services. Her most favourite thing is helping people accomplish things they didn’t know they were capable of. In her free time, you can find Kendel on a bike or hiking in the woods.
Jake Simrak was born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario. He went to Gregory. A. Hogan and St Patrick’s Catholic High School and now is going into his third year at Lambton College for Child and Youth Care. He is a supervisor at the new activity centre in downtown Sarnia called Weir Active funded by the Mike Weir Foundation. He has been active through numerous sports including football, basketball, volleyball and has also played soccer competitively since he was 8 years old with Galladev’s United. Jake is a recreational cyclist and loves working with the youth in the community to help them to experience how beneficial being active is to the body and mind.
Pat St. Amand was born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario. He teaches the junior-intermediate grades at Holy Trinity Catholic School. He started cycling as a teen and he feels that this hobby-turned-passion has allowed him to not just get physical fitness, but to meet a variety of people who ride at different levels. Pat stays active by teaching Spin Classes at IronWorks during the winter months. Pat is excited to be part of this new program and eager to combine his passion of cycling and teaching.
Mya Williams is a 20 year old Sarnia local who loves all things on two wheels. Her love for bike riding stems from her childhood, having two parents who certainly encouraged riding as a means of transportation and fitness. That love grew with age and now Mya has started to learn the ropes of being a bike technician. Now working at Blackwell Cycle, you can find her feeding her lust for learning, and certainly getting her hands dirty. Whilst setting goals and spreading advocacy for more inclusivity and diversity within the cycling community, Mya tries to remind others that cycling is not just a competitive sport, but for everyone regardless of age, gender, capability, and of course your average speed.
More Leader Bio’s to come!