For some — riding a bicycle is a relatively easy undertaking. For others — not so much. A week long program is currently underway at the Royal Military College’s Constantine Arena where children with special needs are 2 wheeling it. Mike Postovit has more.
Wheeling to a brighter — more confident future — that’s what this is all about. Welcome to day 2 of a 5 day program called “I Can Bike”.
Hannah Langdon/”I Can Bike” Floor Supervisor
“Our program serves people with disabilities — we serve up to 40 riders a week — we have about 30 this week that we’re serving — and our goal is to get them independent on a 2 wheel bike.
“It’s definitely been fun for me — and I think it would be fun for most people.”
That’s 11 year old Braden Delaney from Seeley’s Bay. He like others have seen the progress.
“This program I think has helped me with my balance — also helping my left knee being able to bend more because of the pedaling.”
Kylie Castro/Special Needs Inclusion Worker
“It’s just amazing to watch them from the start of one session to the end and how much they’ve improved.
Kylie Castro is a special needs inclusion worker from the Kingston Military Family Resource Centre.
“Yesterday I was blown away to see how many of them balancing by themselves — their volunteers beside them but not needing to hold-on — it’s really impressive to see the gains that they’re making each and every day.”
Organizers say this event wouldn’t work with-out the volunteers — who keep the riders motivated as well as excited about what they’re doing.
“They are running with smiles on their faces and still encouraging the children and each other — we are so grateful to have them with us.”
“A lot of our riders will be nervous through-out the week and nervous during transitions — but once they build that confidence up on 2 wheels they really just take-off. That’s the name of our program — I Can Shine, I Can Bike and I Can Do This.”
The “I Can Bike” program rides into Brockville next week and more volunteers are needed. Mike Postovit, CKWS News, Kingston