WAMBA and WestCycle would like to congratulate Mark Wardle on his two year appointment as WAMBA Junior State MTB Coach.
Interviews were held last week with WAMBA and WestCycle representatives, where nominees were asked to present their vision of the junior state mountain bike team and high performance for WA. Thank you to everyone who applied for the position.
As a rider, Mark has competed at a state and national level, and been heavily involved in junior development for a number of years through the Perth MTB Club. He was involved with the junior state team in the first year of its existence and also currently coaches some exciting junior talent. Having started Rock and Roll Mountain Biking with his hard working wife Jen, they run the PMBC Sprockets Junior Mountain Bike Program, have run junior development camps for MTBA, and this year ran the first WA Schools Cross Country MTB Championships to be held in 10 years.
The WA Junior State Mountain Bike Team started with Tony Tucknott and the Perth MTB Club, and for the past two years, Graeme Adams from the South West MTB Club has been ensuring our young riders have an awesome experience travelling to and competing at the National Championships. Last year we had our largest team travel to Bright in Victoria and again produced some great results.
Without the passion, time, hard work and dedication of those involved in developing our young riders, we wouldn’t be in such a great position to take the next step in setting up a formal high performance pathway.
Our new Team WA concept revolves around all riders, coaches and clubs in WA working together to create a cohesive environment that results in success at a national level. Mark is looking forward to working closely with clubs, coaches, juniors and parents on this exciting vision for the future of mountain bike state squad and team.
Once he decides on a plan of action leading up to the National Champs in March 2017 and details have been finalised, communications will be send out.