The inspiring workshops of Motor Cross biker Vanessa Ruck
A MONMOUTH biker uses her inspirational story to teach people how to overcome obstacles, whatever they may be.
“Before my accident, I was working full time and had a passion for sports,” Ms Ruck said.
She was bedridden for some time and required seven reconstructive surgeries over the next seven years, including one on her right shoulder and five on her hip. It was during the period when she was bedridden that she became interested in motorcycles.
“I was taken to bed and told my husband I wanted a dirt bike,” she said. “He looked at me like I was crazy and said ‘let’s get you that motorbike’.
“It took me five months to get to sit on the bike because I couldn’t even get out of bed to go to the bathroom, so I set myself small goals like getting out of bed to go to the bathroom rather than going to the bathroom. use a bedpan.”
These are the types of goals that Ms. Ruck uses to help young people. In addition to participating in motorcycle events around the world, she now gives motivational talks and hands-on sessions at schools.
“When you believe in yourself, it’s absolutely amazing what you can accomplish,” she said. This is the message she wants to convey to young people who see her sessions.
She was inspired to deliver these sessions after the pandemic hit and saw media reports of how children and young people will lose 40% of their future income due to wasted time in school and loss of vital education and experiences.
“It’s so sad to see this written,” she said. “And they will also believe it because they see it in the media.
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“I wanted to use my story to show that you can achieve anything you want and to show how people can achieve their dreams and goals by setting smaller goals and creating a positive mindset.”
Ms. Ruck visits schools to tell students her story and how they can achieve their goals and also offers hands-on workshops.
“In one workshop, one of the students was causing distractions and was sitting at the side of the room,” she said. the goals were.
She said the student ‘didn’t have any’ but then said he wanted to do a 180 degree spin on his bike and couldn’t because he was being punished for not doing well at school. Ms Ruck said that when she explained how setting goals such as being better at school would lead to being able to ride on her back while not being anchored and then the goal was closer, the eyes of the student lit up when the penny dropped.
The workshops are completely free for schools. Mrs. Ruck is also willing to organize workshops for all groups, clubs, businesses etc. who wish, but there will be a charge for these. Anyone interested can contact her via [email protected] and find out more about the workshops at www.thegirlonabike.com