FOREST ACADEMY

MOUNTAIN BIKE ROTORUA FOREST ACADEMY

 

The Mountain Bike Rotorua Forest Academy is being established to formalize and professionalize the athlete support and pathways that the MDA Group currently undertake.

MISSION STATEMENT

 

  • - To be world leading in combining business with positive community, environment, economic and cultural impacts

  • - To best serve the Rotorua community

  • - To support the development of mountain biking in New Zealand both competitively and recreationally

  • - To provide pathways for people to develop their mountain biking both competitively and recreationally

There are 3 divisions in the Academy:

1) Professional Athlete Support

2) Athlete Development Support

3) Community Engagement Support

The divisions allow us to provide pathways and support for aspiring athletes and community advocates alike. The support provided by the Mountain Bike Rotorua Forest Academy ranges from product and mentoring to cash sponsorship and active promotion of individuals and organisations.

FOREST ACADEMY

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Tuhoto-Ariki Pene

Team: MS Mondraker

Club: Descend Rotorua

Location: Rotorua, Aotearoa, New Zealand

Quick Profile: A local to Rotorua, Tuhoto has worked hard with the support of his family to achieve a life goal of becoming a professional athlete, being picked up by MS Mondraker in 2022.

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Lachie Stevens-McNab

Team: Union

Club: Descend Rotorua

Location: Rotorua, Aotearoa, New Zealand

Quick Profile: Born and raised in Rotorua, Lachie's success on the bike started years ago being crowned as a world champion BMX. Those skills from his early days have seen hime smash out an amazing last couple of years in MTB with podiums at World Cup and now riding professionally with Santa Cruz and Union.

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Jenna Hastings

Team: Pivot

Club: Rotorua MTB Club

Location: Rotorua, Aotearoa, New Zealand

Quick Profile: Te gutsy Rotorua local took the world by storm in 2021 smashing out amazing results at Crankworx Rotorua and in the Crankworx NZ Summer Series, finishing the season with being crowned the 2021-22 NZ National Champ.

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Wyatt Stevens-McNab

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Club: Descend Rotorua

Location: Rotorua, Aotearoa, New Zealand

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Poppy Croucher

Team: Specialized Ambassador

Club: Rotorua MTB Club

Location: Rotorua, Aotearoa, New Zealand

Quick Profile: Born and raised in Rotorua, Poppy and her family are integral members of the Rotorua community who actively support participation and development in the sport of mountain biking.

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Sterling Stevens-McNab

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Club: Descend Rotorua

Location: Rotorua, Aotearoa, New Zealand

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Lynette Deacon

Team: Forbidden Bikes

Club: TBC

Location: Rotorua, Aotearoa, New Zealand - Origin: Dorset, England

Quick Profile: An inspiring, positive and energetic part of the mtb community, Lynette joins our Community Leader programme to continue driving good vibes while progressing her own racing development.

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Stevie Hawe
 

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Caitlin Flavell

Team: One Pure Racing

Club: Rotorua MTB Club

Location: Rotorua, Aotearoa, New Zealand

Quick Profile: Joining the team at One Pure Racing this year, Caitlin has made the jump from BMX to MTB, focussing on ride down hills, fast, like really fast. After a successful National Series she now turns her focus to racing internationally.

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MOUNTAIN BIKE ROTORUA FOREST ACADEMY

CODE OF CONDUCT:

 

All Mountain Bike Rotorua Forest Academy representatives and members are expected to:

  • Demonstrate through words and actions the spirit of sportsmanship, sports leadership and ethical conduct.

  • Treat others with respect and refrain from negative or disparaging remarks or conduct.

  • Not knowingly place themselves in a situation that could give rise to a conflict between personal interests and the interests of Mountain Bike Rotorua Forest Academy.

  • Comply at all times with the bylaws, policies, rules and regulations of Mountain Bike Rotorua Forest Academy as adopted and amended from time to time.

  • Respect basic human rights.

  • Work in a spirit of cooperation with others, assisting less experienced colleagues, and refraining from public criticism of others.

  • Refrain from, and refuse to tolerate in others, any form of harassment or abuse be it physical, verbal, mental or sexual of athletes, officials and other people involved in athletics.

  • Not act in any way that brings the sport of mountain biking, MDA Group, Mountain Bike Rotorua or any other partner organisation into disrepute.

  • At all times, be honest and act in the best interests of the community.