Help us out! The Blacksheep functions solely on the support of its members and volunteers. Here’s a list of the positions that have been filled so far (note how roughly half of them are filled):
The 2017 Blacksheep Executive:
- President: Paul Inkila
- Vice-President: Will Takacs
- Secretary: Rob Baidoc
- Treasurer: Eric Bailey
- XC Director: Gerald Hamm
- Trail Development Committee Chair: Mark Maranzan
- Sponsorship Director: Mike Barten
- Communications Director: Katherine Morency
- Director 1: VACANT
- Director 2: VACANT
The 2017 Blacksheep Coordinators
- XC Course Maintenance Coordinator: VACANT
- DH Course Maintenance Coordinator: VACANT
- Timing & Results Coordinator: VACANT
- Volunteer Coordinator: VACANT
- Social Ride Coordinator: Will Takacs
- Women’s Ride Coordinator: Kailey Trodd
- Special Events Coordinator: VACANT
Why should you help?
Our riders have come to expect a lot from us over the years; and we wouldn’t have it any other way! From the trails riders in Thunder Bay shred on, to the draw prizes they know and love, to the beef in their burger at the Spring Classic Festival, our riders know they’re getting the best we can give them. Everyone on the executive lives on a bike and has only a few nagging thoughts preventing them from setting up summer homes in Shuniah Mines! We all love and breathe the stuff. And it takes people with that passion for the sport to really nurture it and let it grow. The club has come a long way in the last 18 years, and is, in many ways, directly responsible for the growth of the sport in the Bay. So help us make it even better! There is tremendous potential here, and together we can bring riding here to all new levels of awesome.
So how can you help?
There are tons of ways for you to pitch in! Our trails don’t build themselves, and showing up with some old jeans and work-gloves can go a long way for us. We have a trail development committee that is always on the lookout for fresh faces. In the early season, it takes a good bit of raking and cleaning to get our trails back to their pristine, ready-to-ride condition, so start preparing your best garden rakes now (probably best to borrow a neighbour’s)!
If you want to be involved at our races, taking pictures, helping with timing and registration at the races, assisting with flagging and preparing race courses, and being a course marshal can help our biggest events run smoother. Our festivals also require people to work the food booths, and help with the event-set up!
The pinnacle of involvement is signing up for an executive or coordinator position. Descriptions of those positions will be available soon! If you can’t wait that long to help, send us an email or contact us on Facebook (this is usually the best way to reach us)! We’ve even employed some technical elves to set up a nice box here to make it really easy for you to ask us about more ways for you to help out!