Langley teen inspiring girls to hit the BMX track

Free BMX and Healthy Lifestyle clinic coming to Langley

Langley's Dew Mechielsen has been on a BMX since she was three years old. She is helping host a clinic at the Langley BMX track on June 25.

From a young age, Langley’s Drew Mechielsen has proven that girls can do it too, and now she’s trying to encourage other young females to follow in her footsteps.

Mechielsen is helping to bring a free Intro to BMX and Healthy Lifestyle Clinic to Langley on Saturday (June 25) and 15 local girls — up to the age of 18 —will get the chance to hit the track and learn more about maintaining their health.

The 18-year-old also helped at a clinic in Abbotsford this past weekend (June 19).

The track is practically a second home for Mechielsen, as she tagged along with her older brother and first jumped on a bike at the age of three. She has now competed in the sport for 13 years, racing in World Cup events and earning a BMX national championship in her age group two years ago.

“My older brother started doing BMX and I just wanted to copy him,” she said. “But I love the adrenaline from it. BMX has matured me. I’ve had the opportunity to travel the world and make friends from all over.”

She secured a grant from viaSport BC to help put on the camps and she wants girls to know that BMX is not a boys-only club at all.

“I’ve been in the sport for so long and I know that being a young girl, it can be nice to have a team and be a part of something,” she said.

“It’s kind of a male-dominated sport but we want to get more girls interested.”

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Langley BMX track and is hosted by Mechielsen’s Inspire BMX team and local BMX athlete Romina Alva.

The clinic is free to a maximum of 15 girls, and the session will include the chance to ride the track, discussions about being active and information about healthy eating habits.

All clinic participants also get the chance to win one of five one-year BMX memberships to the Langley track.

“We want to get people on bikes, focus on the basics and have fun,” she said.

“The main point is to get girls comfortable on bikes and learn about living healthy.”

Mechielsen stressed that the sport can take a lot of hard work, but the reward is well worth it.

“I’d tell people just not to be scared of being on a bike,” she said. “It can be intimidating but you should just go for it.”

“Everyone at the track is really friendly and people should know you probably won’t just hop on a bike and be awesome.”

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