Why did you get involved in Girls on Bikes?
Cycling is a fun, inclusive and empowering activity that has bought me much joy and independence. I think it is especially important for women to be in control of how they commute and travel, and it's also a great way to have fun, keep healthy, enjoy the outdoors and help the environment. I have worked with people of refugee background in various capacities before and am excited to connect with the refugee community here.
What is your role in the program?
I am a new volunteer this year with the program. I will be helping out the coaches on the ground and providing lots of positive encouragement and support!
Share your best piece of advice for learning to ride a bike.
Try not to feel self conscious about how you look, even when you feel awkward and uncoordinated. Also remind yourself that everyone starts out as a beginner and that one day, even if you don't feel like you can now, you will be able to do it!
Tell us a bike riding story of your own.
I recently went cycling through Patagonia in South America for 6 weeks. It was a beautiful way to experience the wilderness there!
What is your favourite book/movie/show/podcast? My favourite books at the moment are Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, and Educated by Tara Westover. I love the show You Can't Ask That on ABC, and the movie Moana.
What change would you like to see in the world?
Equality for women, for all people to be treated with humanity and respect, action on climate change, and peace.