THE Sapphire Coast Anglican College (SCAC) will officially open its mountain bike track on Friday – albeit after a long delay.
In July 2012, the college announced it had constructed the custom-made track.
Students were expected to be able to ride on the track in Term Three last year (BDN, 20/7/12).
However, a number of unforseen factors have led to the facility being opened more than 15 months later.
SCAC will become only the second school in Australia to boast a track of this kind.
The prestigious Scots College in Sydney has a track in its outdoor education centre, while SCAC’s has been constructed on-site.
Friday's opening at noon will be attended by dignitaries including Bega Valley Shire Mayor Bill Taylor.
Year 10 student Jake Whyman will deliver a speech.
Students will test ride the track and guests will be taken on a tour of the 3km trail.
SCAC’s bike track is the brainchild of teachers Jake Lambie and Lynda Whyman.
On Wednesday, Mr Lambie and a group of SCAC students were busy making the final preparations on the trail.
Mr Lambie said the much-awaited opening was “definitely a win” for all involved.
“We’re so excited,” he said.
“Since the opening was announced, we’ve had so much help in the last few weeks from parents and students who have volunteered their time.”
In 2012, Mr Lambie took his concept of building a track to Tathra mountain bike enthusiast Andy Johnson.
Mr Johnson is a track designer and the pair worked on the design.
However, the trail has undergone a facelift in 2013 (see story, Page 2).
Mr Lambie said the track would benefit all students.
“There are so many benefits of physical exercise, from fitness to social and helping to stop behavioural issues.”
SCAC will hold mountain bike sessions for primary and high school students twice a week during school-hours.
There will also be two after-school sessions and a girls only ride.
Members of the Tathra Mountain Bike Club and other local groups will also hold lessons for students.
Mr Lambie said there would also be benefits for non-competitors.
“We have one of the best viewing areas - you can see the whole track from the school oval,” he said.
Head of college Andrew Duchesnse said it was “extremely exciting” to open the mountain bike trail.
“We promote any new ideas or concepts as far as fitness is concerned,” he said.
“We are incredibly thankful for Jake Lambie and his band of helpers – they did a fantastic job.”
Mr Duchesne said SCAC’s next plan was to focus on equestrian.