THE guest speaker at last week’s Brechin Rotary Club meeting was TT biker Ian Pert, who was invited by club member Fiona Robertson to talk about the Hedzup racing project.
Ian had brought along two young members of the project, Kieran Murray and Daniel Tait.
Ian gave a passionate view of Hedzup Racing, saying he started it in 2009 in partnership with Tayside Police, and it aims to give confidence and promote personal development to youngsters through the world of bike racing.
He said quite a small part is actually the motor biking with more emphasis placed on the importance of being able to work with others, and to work to a deadline.
Ian explained that young Kieran was already an established rider before coming on board and, together with Daniel, they have contributed a great deal to the scheme that fosters a surprising variety of skills and aptitudes.
He said several Angus schools have become involved, with Arbroath and Forfar Academies actually building bikes, including a Kawasaki GPX 600 no less!
Ian concluded by emphasising that the aim isn’t to find the next Valentino Rossi, rather that young people see that nothing is impossible, whether they want to race, play rugby or be the next Rudolph Nureyev.
Ian was given a vote of thanks by Melvin Coates, commenting on a breath taking presentation, given with a phenomenal enthusiasm.