Furlong Park School for the Deaf in Victoria was the perfect location to learn how to become a cycling coach. For the first time, Deaf Sports Australia together with Cycling Australia presented a coaching course for teachers wishing to upskill on how to teach cycling skills to their students. The course was held on Thursday 27th March 2014.
Marion Treiber, Melissa Bryson, Alexander Straub, Ramas Rentelis, Maree Gillespie and Dianne Herman donned their cycling helmets and tackled the course as if they were competing in the Tour de France!
“I thought it was a valuable course for us; we were able to work together by how to modify the lesson such as using more visual cues,” said Melissa Bryson, a Deaflympian and cycling enthusiast.
“I am looking forward to teaching our deaf students how to ride their bicycle, look after themselves and ride safely.”
Some of the topics that were delivered during the session were Bike Safety Checks, Road Rules, Gear Selection, Braking and Traffic Skills.
With more and more people taking up cycling and mountain biking, learning how to ride safely is very important.
As part of Deaf Sports Australia’s partnership with Cycling Australia, one of the key goals is to promote cycling to the deaf and hard of hearing communities, as well as encouraging them to learn new skills, whether it be riding bikes or teaching young kids how to ride safely.
Deaf Sports Australia warmly thanks Cycling Australia for providing the course.