Sarah Walker helps get teenagers cycling
Free bikes were handed out to more than 100 teenagers on Saturday as part of an initiative to get young people active for an hour a day.
BMX Olympic silver medallist Sarah Walker, who trains in Cambridge, hosted the teens at the Mystery Creek Events Centre for the launch of the Move60 initiative.
She said biking was more than just a way to stay physically fit and healthy.
"It boosts my mood and overall state of mind. I'm genuinely happiest when I'm training or out on the road."
She unveiled a free Move60 smartphone app which includes bike-centric games, challenges, competitions and rewards to encourage Kiwi teens to get on their bikes.
She then joined the teens for a three-hour BikeNZ session on road safety and skills training. They had been looking forward to the day when they would get a bike and download the app, Foundation for Youth Development Waikato Regional Manager Vikki Blundell said.
"Having the chance to go for a bike ride with Sarah Walker on top of that has massive cool factor for them - she's so positive, talented and inspirational."
The Move60 initiative from Coca-Cola - in partnership with BikeNZ and the Foundation for Youth Development - aims to inspire 100,000 teens to get moving by 2020.
Coca-Cola New Zealand general manager Paul Fitzgerald said it was a big target but they believed daily activity was achievable for everyone.
"We hope the app will encourage teens to get out there and have some fun with their friends and explore."