From 8 riders in 2005 to 80 in 2017 the St Margaret’s and Berwick Grammar Human Powered Vehicle and Cycling Squad has expanded enormously. In that period of time, the riders have developed from absolute novices to being the premier pedalling school in the State. The squad has moved from only senior girls to both boys and girls from Year 4 to Year 12. The program also provides the opportunity for past students and parent involvement.
The squad has dominated the senior girl scene in Human Powered Vehicle racing for twelve years, and they have been joined by the senior boys team with both teams winning the Victorian Series for Human Powered Vehicles from 2012-2015. The junior team recorded six successive victories. In Cycling and Mountainbiking, the squad has won the State Champion School in both of these disciplines for the last five years and along the way had an astounding 49 individual champions in this prestigious competition.
The biggest achievement, however, has nothing to do with the actual success on the track but rather with the growth in the young people involved. Throughout the whole program the students have become better team members and leaders who are able to rise to challenges with confidence and skill.