November – Volunteer In Focus

Our congratulations for November go to Michael Whittaker.

Michael is the Chairman at Bournemouth BMX and could be found “cleaning the bikes, organising lights for night riding or even strimming the grass”. However, Michael is most recognised in his nominations as an encouraging and inclusive coach.

BMXercise is a women-only fitness session that takes place at a BMX track. Michael runs weekly sessions which attracts women of ALL ages – most weeks having participants from 16-65 years of age. Michael’s enthusiastic, encouraging, and supportive coaching has inspired many of these women to take to racing which was for some “beyond their wildest dreams” (BMXercise participant).

Michael doesn’t stop there and can be seen coaching the younger riders and giving supportive encouragement at events. Michael’s nomination is for the time he puts into a variety of aspects of club activity at Bournemouth BMX.

“Michael’s enthusiasm for the sport is infectious. His dedication to club coaching and events and the time he puts into the club away from the track is much appreciated.” (Bournemouth BMX Club Member)