Alistair Webster has signed up to ride in a team of four riders at StreetWork 12+12 by Revove24 on December 4th. He’s a pretty special participant as Al’s job is one of StreetWork’s Youth Case Workers.
We caught up with him to find out what his job involves and about his passion for cycling.
“I work with high to medium risk young people, aged between 11 to 18. My primary focus is one-on-one mentoring. It’s how we deliver our early intervention and prevention program – KickStart. The young people in KickStart are referred to StreetWork by the police, teachers and healthcare professionals. My key role is to identify the goals that they want to work on, the habits they need to change to turn their lives around.” says Alistair.
“I usually meet with young people on a weekly basis for a period of anywhere between 3 to 6 months. For me, seeing the change in the young people I mentor makes me happy. Knowing that they can change their life and that, with support, they will go back to school, find work and stabilise their mental health is inspiring” Alistair continues.
Then we turned to cycling. “I love riding my bike and manage to get out on two or three rides per week, clocking up about 100-200km.” said Al.
“When this opportunity came up, it was perfect. I was once lucky enough to get to ride a bike on the Yas Marina Circuit track in the UAE and I can’t wait to get back to the smooth, pothole and debris-free tarmac of a motorsport track. So, I got a team together, the Road Warriors, and if I’m lucky I will also have a new bike by the time the event comes around, a Cervelo S5!”
We asked Al what he was looking forward to on event day and what he would say to anyone else who was thinking of entering.
“If you are looking for a fun, exhilarating and rare opportunity to ride at Sydney Motorsport Park then get a team of four mates together and give it a crack. It will be a great way to welcome in a summer of riding.”
“The ride itself will be rewarding, but not only that, it will help raise funds for us to do our job at StreetWork and help more vulnerable young people turn their lives around.”
Well said Al. We look forward to seeing you and the Road Warriors on circuit!