After 2 years of students travelling to and from Brisbane to participate in TRACTION, the Scenic Rim will soon be home to its own TRACTION workshop.
Students from Beaudesert High School, Flagstone State Community College and Emmaus College have already participated in TRACTION at its Moorooka workshop.
The workshop will kick off in July with students from Beaudesert High School comprising the first group. The opportunity to participate in TRACTION will also be open to young people from other schools and community groups.
Stay tuned for more news.
So grateful to Channel 10 for featuring TRACTION on this episode of "Totally Wild", shot in term 1 of 2018.
The TRACTION segment starts at the 17 minute, 21 second mark.
Thank you to the show host Arika and Shane and Richard for the sound and camera wizardry. The TRACTION team and participants from Alexandra Hills High School had great fun hosting you in the workshop!
The episode can be seen in full at: https://tenplay.com.au/channel-eleven/totally-wild/season-25/episode-55
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The PM took the time to meet the TRACTION participants, talk with them about their progress in the program and was presented with a TRACTION T-shirt and cap as a gesture of thanks. He even posed for some selfies with the TRACTION crew!
TRACTION delivered its second 1-day Bike Build workshop at Yarrabilba on Friday 4th May for 6 young people from the local community. Part of a series of 3 workshops made possible through a community development grant from Lend Lease and Bendigo Bank, the workshop once again provided the chance for participants to have fun whilst learning new skills and making new friends.
Yarrabilba is a new masterplanned residential community in the Logan region that will ultimately be home for 50,000 residents. Significant investment is being made into infrastructure like schools and community sporting facilities.
The TRACTION workshop provided an experience that the participants will never forget. Not only did the participants learn about bikes, they built practical and life skills in a work-like environment.
Special thanks to TRACTION Mentors Karl and Jay for leading the day and supporting the participants as they built their Academy BMX bikes.
The 3rd of the series of workshops will be held on 15th June. Click the button below to register.
Click HERE to read more about the 1st workshop.
Thank you to stall holders and members of the public who attended the 3rd Brisbane Bicycle Swap Meet, held by TRACTION on 28th April at West End.
The meet was held as part of Bicycle Queensland's "Bike Week" event and was supported by Brisbane City Council's award-winning "Cycling Brisbane" program.
The swap meets provide the chance for the Brisbane cycling enthusiast community to come together to share all types of bicycles and bike parts. They also help raise much needed funds for TRACTION helping it in its mission to empower young people in need. Stall holder fees and gold coin entry fees are donated to TRACTION.
Special thanks to Richard and other TRACTION mentors for organising the event and for Pensar (The Infrastructure People) - long time supporter of TRACTION, for allowing the swap meet to be held in their car park at West End.
TRACTION intends holding 3 swap meets this year, so to keep in the loop, please follow @bnebicycleswap on Facebook.
TRACTION was delighted to cater for the crew at the "BMX Balance" coaching clinic held at the Centenary Plains BMX Club on 14th April. The coaches comprised some of the world's best BMX riders including Olympic gold medallist Connor Fields, Khalen Young, Warwick Stevenson, Tony Harvey, Jamie Gary, Trent Jones, Brett Scruse and Bruce Morris. The team of coaches were wonderful role models and generous with their time.
Thanks to Bruce and the team that organised and delivered the event. It was a wonderful opportunity for riders aged 8 - 16 years to develop their skills is a supportive environment.
A highlight of the day for the TRACTION team was seeing Matthew, former TRACTION participant, involved in his first ever BMX coaching clinic. He loved it and is joining the club to get involved in BMX riding and racing. He even got to meet and grab a photo with Connor Fields.
Whilst TRACTION's job was to keep the riders and coaches fed and watered, the TRACTION team also had a blast on the pump track!
Heartfelt thanks to Rotary Brisbane Inner West for donating $3,000 to fund 3 scholarship positions for students from Yeronga State High School to participate in TRACTION. Community support like this means TRACTION can keep helping people go places!
Here's TRACTION Rotary member John presenting Ben and participants from Yeronga High with a cheque.
TRACTION was delighted to run the sixth school holiday bicycle build 'boot camp' for participants from Access Community Services over the Easter break. Access Community Services supports people newly arrived to Australia with a focus on helping young people get involved in the local community through education and training, sport and employment pathways.
The TRACTION boot camp provided a wonderful chance for participants to build new skills and confidence. They also got to keep the bikes they built gaining freedom, independence and a healthy lifestyle that comes with having your own two wheels!
Special thanks to TRACTION Mentors Luke, Karl and Richard who lead a wonderful program - the first time we've hosted a group from Access Community at the new Alexandra Hills workshop.
It's great to hear the success stories of TRACTION participants. Rachel (Guidance Counsellor at the school of former TRACTION participant Lachlan) shared some fantastic news recently.
"Lachlan recently secured a construction apprenticeship and he’s loving the hard physical work and learning new skills. This is a really great outcome. His involvement in TRACTION gave him the confidence to go for this position so many thanks to everyone who had contact with him!"
Here's a shot of Lachlan attending the TRACTION program in Moorooka with other participants from the Scenic Rim.