Getting Jess to MTB Nationals 2019

This is Jess. She is 13 years old & one of the most determined, diligent, kind, thoughtful people I know. Jess has a dream to compete at MTBA National Mountain Bike Championships in Bright, VIC in April 2019 in XCO discipline. Jess is our daughter & we would love to see her get there and show case her ability on a bike to the Australian MTB Community. We've had advice & apparently she is pretty talented however in South Australia there are so few girls riding & racing MTB it is hard to know how she stacks up; she's the only girl racing in her age group and is always riding against boys. She regularly competes against c.20 boys aged 11-17 and always finishes top half but a 16 year old boy on a bike is very different to a 13 year old girl. We therefore have to travel Interstate to get meaningful competition. Even though we drive & camp, each trip costs at least $1000 in fuel & accommodation. Getting to Nationals is going to cost c.$2500 as due to work commitments only one parent can go which means flying, hiring a car & staying in a motel. Will Jess make it on the National stage? Who knows. Will she even finish the race or get a mechanical? Who knows? What we do know though is we want to support her dream & give her a shot at getting seen & competing on a level playing field. She knows our spending in 2019 means no big school trips in High School, she's chosen to give up her other sporting love, tennis, for now; she's made a choice & wants to try. Whilst this feels the strangest thing to be doing & asking for money, any assistance you would like to give to help us travel to races in 2019 would be very very much appreciated by us to help Jess reach for the stars, and maybe even touch the ceiling. Thank you. Shelley & Kenny

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Shelley Williams 
Coromandel Valley SA

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