JAMES WILLIAMSON JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT CAMP 2017
The seventh James Williamson Junior Development Camp saw thirty-six young riders from New South Wales and the ACT attend a weekend camp at Bungarra, Jindabyne, devoted to all aspects of cross country mountain biking. Coaches Dylan Cooper, Shaun Lewis, Peter Hatton and Rowan Beggs-French took the juniors through a wide range of skill development, racing techniques, stretching exercises and much more.
The selection process for the Willo Camp chooses thirteen to sixteen year old mountain bikers, who show a strong enthusiasm for the sport as well as club racing experience. The Camp allows for repeat attendances and this produce a special environment, where friendships are made and camaraderie develops – particularly important for the juniors who come from Regional areas. The collaborative spirit evident supports mentoring between the older and younger juniors, a quality the organisers are keen to continue, and which they feel has been particularly successful in fostering learning.
The Willo Camp is financed from the proceeds of the Willo Enduro Challenge mountain race held at Wingello Forest each year, organised by the Southern Highlands Cycling Club and the James Williamson Enduro Fund with help from CORC. The Willo Camp is stamping its mark on Junior Development, with many of the camp participants competing at National level competition. This is a positive contribution to the future of mountain biking, and just as importantly, continues the strong legacy of Willo.