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Success at the Bikeability Awards!

We are thrilled to announce the fantastic news of Dannon Butler winning the first ever Bikeability ‘Trainee of the Year’ (Peter Rollings) award.

Dannon has hemiparesis, a weakness in his right side, but he didn’t let this phase him as he demonstrated amazing perseverance and determination to match his peers and achieve his Level 2 badge thanks to support from Outspoken Training’s National Standard Instructors, John Levesley and Louise Welch. His story, shows that no matter what barriers people may face, with the right level of determination and effort, cycling is an activity that everyone can enjoy.

Dannon came along with his Dad, Paul, to The Bikeability Trust's Awards presentation held at the The Association of Bikeability Schemes’ (TABS) annual conference and was incredibly shocked and proud to win. His school, Pinchbeck East Primary in Lincolnshire, also put on a special awards assembly for him and the Spalding Today local newspapers have been keen to share his story with the community to spread the word about his fantastic achievements.

Dannon’s parents said:

"We are a very active family so can now enjoy dog walks, bike rides and Geocaching outings with Dannon on his KMX.

The instructors have left a lasting positive impression on Dannon, and we can't thank Outspoken enough for what they have done."

None of this would have been possible without grant funding secured by Lincolnshire County Council who work closely with Outspoken Training to deliver training to over 5,000 pupils per year.

There was also success for Northamptonshire County Council who were awarded runner-up in the ‘Supporting Local Authority of the Year’ category.

With many excellent nominations it was great they were rewarded for their hard work and the support they put into helping Outspoken deliver the best possible Bikeability outcomes as well as the many other cycling initiatives the council have run over the past few years.

Keith Millard and John Spencer attended the event and were overjoyed with the award:

Receiving the runner up award for Supporting Local Authority of the Year is fantastic recognition for the collaboration between Northamptonshire County Council and Outspoken Training. We continue to work to improve the delivery of the scheme to make it available to as many students as possible”

Keith Millard, Senior Behaviour Change Officer

Kieron McNab (Head of Training for Outspoken) commented:

“I am delighted that there has been special recognition for Northamptonshire County Council’s extra efforts to make Bikeability as accessible to children as possible.

The local authorities we deliver for, our office team and our instructors are hugely committed and dedicated towards enthusing the next generation to cycle more and helping trainees to achieve their full potential.

Dannon’s recognition is a brilliant personal achievement for the huge amount of effort he put in over the duration of his course and for our instructors who, as always, have left a positive lasting impression about cycling amongst the trainees they have taught. Thank you to everyone involved!”

Outspoken Training are looking for enthusiastic and inspirational individuals to help deliver Bikeability cycle training and other cycling programmes within Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Suffolk. For more information, please visit our recruitment page.

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