Mountain biking finds its way into every aspect of the curriculum in Doug Detwiller's Grade 6/7 class at Gibsons Elementary School.
This year the students were very busy working their way through the CCA (Canadian Cycling Association) Sprockids program. They are the first school class in Canada to be doing the program as part of their daily curriculum. The CCA Sprockids Program is the National Introduction to Cycling Program for Canada and takes the participants through the various skills needed to enjoy cycling in a fun and safe manner. (Check out www.sprockids.ca for more.)Last week the class ventured to Whistler to put their riding skills to the test. The students and their parents rode some of Whistler's best technical and demanding single track. For many of them this was the first time riding such challenging trails, yet everyone rose to the occasion. Despite some memorable crashes, everyone survived and came away with some great stories to tell their friends. While mountain biking was the focus of the trip over the course of the three days, the students also visited the B.C. Mining Museum in Britannia, explored Shannon and Brandywine Falls, went swimming, played ultimate and softball, had a barbecue and travelled to the top of Blackcomb Mountain. It was a great learning experience for everyone. Division 2 would like to thank all the parents who helped make the trip possible.