6 November 2013
The inaugural Tour de Nunga - a combination of mountain bike rides and leadership development for young Aboriginal people - attracted 43 riders, including 8 ride leaders.
Developed by the Office for Recreation and Sport (ORS) as part of its Indigenous Sports Program, the event is about getting active, with opportunities to try mountain biking and develop skills as community leaders for sport.
This year's event included four days of riding and other activities around the Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges. It attracted both participants and sponsors in Ceduna, Port Augusta, Port Lincoln and Adelaide.
The riders are keen to do it again and more than a dozen people have indicated they would like to be ride leaders next year.
ORS's Port Augusta and Port Lincoln Indigenous Sport development officers are already planning future local rides for each region and a combined regional event for participants.
ORS and the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) are working together to conduct sport-specific testing for a number of participants identified from the tour. This could potentially lead to these participants being included in SASI's Talent Identification program for cycling.
"Tour de Nunga is so much more than another cycling event," said Ride Director Karen Fuller. "It's also a leadership program that identifies potential leaders with the ability to continue to develop their own riding skills while influencing and encouraging others within their communities to consider riding and adopt a more active lifestyle."
For more information on the event visit www.recsport.sa.gov.au/sport-active-recreation/participate-indigenous.html