Jaime began her athletic career as a competitive gymnast where she had the opportunity to travel the world and represent Canada at several world championships, the Pan American Games, and Common Wealth Games. She discovered mountain biking when she moved to Whistler, BC and has spent the past 9 years racing downhill, Jamie races on the World Cup DH circuit and in 2014 achieved a top 3 finish at the Canadian National DH Championships. She is also actively involved in coaching and mentoring for women's specific initiatives. Jaime is also pursuing her CPA Accounting designation and looking forward to one-day being able to combine her experiences within both industries.
Ride Like a Girl was developed by Amber Zirnhelt to support up and coming young female mountain bike athletes. Amber is a competitive cyclist, and motivational speaker with the National Esteem Team. She is a former pro-elite downhill mountain bike racer that raced nationally and at World Cup events, and a community planner passionate about environmental sustainability. When not on her bike, Amber can be found sailing, skiing, or exploring the outdoors with her family.
Carolyn is an accomplished downhill and freeride mountain biker who hails from Whistler, BC. A founder of the Women's Freeride Network, Carolyn is actively involved in promoting the growth of the sport and encouraging female athletes to push their boundaries on their bike. When not shredding the local downhill trails or bike park, Carolyn can be found behind the lens shooting photos and video, building trails, mentoring young riders, skiing (during the off season) or working at her day job as a nurse.
Carolyn Kavanagh, Director of Media Development
Originally from the east coast of Canada, Melissa moved west to pursue a life in the mountains. She’s lucky enough to now call Squamish home and has spent over 10 years being heavily involved in the local mountain biking community. She’s been on the Squamish Off-Road Cycling Association (SORCA) Board of Directors for 10 years. Through her volunteer work with SORCA, she realized her biggest passion is helping other females gain confidence on the bike. So in 2012 she started an all women’s mountain bike race called Hot On Your Heels. It started with just 56 riders in the first year and has grown to over 350 females in 2018. Melissa is also actively involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2009 where she has mentored two young girls to gain confidence and a positive self image. In 2017 Melissa traded in her mountain bike tires for skinny tires and drop bars for the very first time when she and her partner bike packed around Portugal and she was instantly hooked. When Melissa isn’t organizing events, hanging out with her Little Sister, or working her day job as a Mortgage Broker, Melissa spends as much time as she can on her bike, regardless of tire size.
Lisa Ludwig, Director of Mentor and Athlete Activities
My name is Sorsha Henning. I was born and raised in Squamish, BC. I grew up skiing, riding, hiking, sea kayaking and many other Sea to Sky related outdoor activities. I was fortunate enough to start riding my bike at 3 years old and raced locally from the pedal to the medal races to the Test of Medal series as a kid. I raced on Team Squamish as well as the BC Provicial Team for cross-country. I was a mentee for Ride like A Girl for 2 years and my second mentor, Sandra Walter was actually my coach for this past season until I had a major injury that has unfortunately taken me out of riding for a little while. I’m now living in Victoria, BC going to school to become a Registered Massage Therapist. I’m really looking forward to being part of Ride Like a Girl for another season in a different capacity!
Ride Like a Girl's board members are all avid mountain bikers, passionate about encouraging the growth of the sport and the development of young athletes. The board is committed to providing a first-class mentorship program for BC athletes to help break down barriers to girls' participation in competitive mountain biking.
Amber Zirnhelt, Chair
Karin Grubb, Director of Fundraising
Lisa is new to the RLG program for 2019 and serves as the Director of Mentor and Athlete Activities. As a previous elite athlete in rowing and cycling, Lisa noticed a void in mentoring for developing athletes. Cue a dinner party, where she met Amber Zirnhelt and learned of the Ride Like A Girl program. She was inspired by this program because it created opportunities for young female mountain bikers to flourish, share ideas and glean support from an experienced rider who felt compelled to give back. Finding importance in the power of women inspiring women, Lisa felt that the Ride Like a Girl Board of Directors was a good fit for her personal values and she dove in. She looks forward to seeing the 2019 athletes grow and succeed, in part by the support they gain from their mentors.
Connection and community are both important to her, made visible from her time previously volunteering with weekly women's rides in Victoria and Cumberland, and more recently with her time organizing cyclocross races. She used race profits to further mountain biking opportunities for youth in the Comox Valley, knowing that this generation of shredders is a worthwhile investment. To be sure, she sees that youth have the potential to be healthier, productive community members when involved in sport.
Lisa's home base is Cumberland, BC. In her day job, she practices as an occupational therapist and moonlights as a professionally-trained seamstress, making wedding dresses and kids' clothes. But more often than not, you'll find her out and about riding her bike, skiing, and surfing in Tofino with her family.
Karin grew up in Ontario and has called the west coast home for 15 years. Karin has always been involved in sport, but discovered mountain biking when she moved to the west coast and has been involved in the sport since. She has raced xc and enduro and is passionate about the value that mountain biking brings to her life through community, personal challenge and appreciation for the outdoors. Karin has been involved in ride leading and has been an ambassador for women in mountain biking and loves seeing others challenge themselves in mountain biking to find confidence, personal growth and break their own barriers both in and out of sport. Karin works as a lawyer for a municipality and calls North Vancouver, and its beautiful trails, home.
After having lived and worked in many parts of the province Sarah settled in Cumberland in 2012, where she became involved with the local weekly women's mountain bike rides and mountain bike racing. Sarah has raced on the Island Cup Circuit in enduro and cross country, although she likes to do it non-competitively. Sarah has volunteered with the Sun Peaks and Salmo ski patrol, as event coordinator for Mount Cain, and at numerous local mountain bike races. She also co-founded the Mount Cain women's backcountry weekend as a way for women to gain more backcountry skills and experience. When not working behind a desk or out in a remote part of the province as a forester, Sarah can be found on her road or mountain bike, backcountry or cross-country skiing, hiking and going on outdoor adventures with her husband and daughter.
Melissa Sheridan, Director of Events and Community Relations
Jaime Hill, Treasurer
Sarah Falloon, Secretary
Sorsha Henning, Youth Director and Social Media Coordinator