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Expand, Progress, Evolve

Building the well rounded young female athlete

Girls Mentorship Program
Skill Development, Performance Strategies, Leadership and Empowerment for Young Females

What is it?


The Girls Mentorship Program is geared towards providing our young female, female identifying and non-binary MTB riders with many of the tools necessary to succeed on and off the bike.  


This program aims to create a supportive space for not only mountain bike skill development and competitive strategy acquisition, but also to provide a training ground for virtues such as integrity, respect, leadership, teamwork, resilience, and self worth all while encouraging excitement, enjoyment and fun.  

According to a 2020 study by Canadian Women & Sport, 1 in 3 girls leave sport by late adolescence whereas the comparison to boys is 1 in 10.   Through positive role modelling, professional coaching and confidence inspiring programming, we aspire to create the reframe needed to keep girls engaged in sport for life! 


Step into an environment that helps our female riders develop their skills and confidence to tackle anything life’s journey might throw at them!  

Camps and Workshops!  

Participants will have the opportunity to experience unique environments, meet new friends, learn, and grow with other likeminded riders in the Sea to Sky Area and beyond!

Inside this supportive environment, participants can expect:


  • Training camps.  These on bike group sessions explore skill development, mental strength techniques and competitive strategy coaching.  


  • Integrated workshops.  Workshops that explore topics such as goal setting, visualization and injury prevention will be incorporated into the training camps.  


Who is it for?


Geared towards intermediate to advanced female youth committed to progression and personal growth. Ages 11-15*.  Riders will need a bike they can pedal. 


*Requests considered and encouraged for younger and older riders if they feel this program would be a fit. 


When is it?


All programming takes place between May and August2023.  Book all 4 sessions OR pick and choose which camp (s) you want to experience!  

2023 Schedule*:  


9:30 – 1:30 pm.  All taking place in Whistler Valley. 


1.  ​Saturday May 13th.

  • Training focus:  Increase confidence & adaptability through improved position & range of movement on technical terrain.  

  • Workshop focus:  Goal setting for life and bikes. 

2.  Saturday June 10th.

  • Training focus:  Improve control and flow through corners.

  • Workshop focus:  Mobility and movement strategies to improve range of motion and control on (and off!) the bike, injury prevention and recovery. 

3.  Thursday July 27th *Crankworx edition

  • Training focus:  Establish and/or improve skills that allow one to take on more technical terrain. 

  • Workshop focus:  Mental training for conquering fear.  

4.  Saturday September 9th

  • Training focus:  Increase precision and flow through improved terrain awareness, pro-active decision making and line choice.

  • Workshop focus:  Visualization strategies and techniques.


*Schedule subject to change. 

Your head coaches*:  


Katrina Strand:  Bachelor of Human Kinetics, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, PMBIA and NCCP Certified Mountain Bike Coach, Mental Strength Coach, extensive experience racing downhill world championships, downhill world cups, enduro world series and other multi day stage events such as BC bike race and Trans-Provence.  

Read more here.


Claire Buchar:  12 time Canadian National DH Team member, World Championships DH Bronze Medalist, Multiple Canadian National DH Champion, PMBIA and NCCP Certified Mountain Bike Coach, Canadian National Team Junior DH Coach.

Read more here.

*Other highly certified and experienced coaches will be joining the program.  


Cost:  $88 + GST / session

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