CORCA committee

The current committee consists of 16 mountain bikers from a wide background. Each committee member brings to the club a variety of skills, expertise and passion. They make decisions, lead portfolios, facilitate activities and carry out projects that ultimately serve the mountain bike community.

IT ISN'T ABOUT STATUS, ITS ABOUT SERVING.

IT ISN'T ABOUT GETTING, ITS ABOUT GIVING.

 

The club continues to build an incredible community, achieving great things because of the committee, club volunteers, and the support of the Sunshine Coast council. Though we have a committee, it takes an entire club of passionate people to maintain and develop our local trails, and to continue building our local mountain bike community.

 

Get behind us by offering your help as a volunteer. Together we can achieve so much!

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President

STEPHEN "OSSY" OSSEDRYVER

I started riding in 2011 when Peter Davies, my then dirt bike buddy, got me into it. In 2012 I did a Firefighter exchange in Whistler and mountain biked all summer. I joined the local MTB club WORCA (1200 strong) and rode every chance I got. Arrived home in Dec 2012 I started developing trails in Sugarbag and adding some timber features. “Build it and they will come”. And they did. The trail building has been a huge amount of work but seeing so many enjoy Sugarbag is very rewarding. Seeing young people off the couch and devices, families spending time together, advanced riders enjoying the unique trails and everyone being healthier and happier is so good. I have loved helping others to get into mountain biking and teaching and encouraging new riders to develop their skills. I enjoy all styles of mountain biking and look forward to riding more and doing a little less trail work in the future.

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Secretary

JENNY TANNOCH BLAND

Hello, I’m from the Gold Coast and still have family there but spent a lot of my adult life overseas before returning and becoming addicted to rock climbing.  I retired to Caloundra, my happy place in 2014 to enjoy kiting and sup surfing.  Three years later, on a borrowed MTB in Ferny Forest I fell in love with the feeling of being on a bike in the bush.  It still delights me each time.  My greatest achievement is having introduced my 2 grandchildren to mountain biking.  I’m on a mission to build my skills and love being part of this enthusiastic, fun loving and encouraging community of The Little Club That Could.

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Treasurer

ROBERT STEGALL

Cert4 in civil construction. Service Delivery Leader. Sunshine Coast Council. Has held positions of both Treasurer and secretary of the “Works Officers Association of Queensland.” Board and swim coach and vice President of Dicky Beach Junior Surf Life Saving Club.

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Business Development

MATT DAWSON

Matt started riding about 5 years ago, mainly after discovering the magic of Sugarbag. He is passionate about CORCA to protect and enhance all of the work that has gone into Sugarbag, but also the opportunities created to ride other trails with like minded people. He is always keen (and sometimes too keen) to have a go at new skills and trails, so if you see him around, feel free to tag along.

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Communications Officer

SARAH OSSEDRYVER

As the daughter of CORCA’s founder and current President, Steve, I was destined to be involved in mountain biking. I fell in love with biking in 2012 in Whistler, Canada, where Steve was also inspired in many ways to initiate the creation of the Sugar Bag trails and CORCA. In between snow seasons working as a snowboard instructor and various other international adventures, I have always loved returning home to Sugar Bag and the CORCA family who are always so friendly and make biking so much more than just a sport!

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Trails Coordinator

JOE CARTWRIGHT

10yr MTB’ing, CORCA member and enjoy all things about our sport.
One of our many trail builders. Love building features that people can safely challenge themselves on and enjoy. I get to build as well as ride these trails. Win win situation. Love the club atmosphere and the people involved. Very friendly community.

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Ride Coordinator

NEIL NEWMAN

Originally from Townsville but local for over 30 years, work as Estimator for metalwork.
 

Parkies is my local. Both home and work are equally only minutes away. Was first introduced to MTB in 2008 and have ridden every week since. I have a history of trail bikes as a teen so I’m gun-ho, daring, like it fast kind of rider. I am a certified Beginners MTB Instructor and hold a First Aid Cert. First bike was a Scott Spark but am now on my 2nd Rocky Mountain.


I love travel and riding and to date have put a stamp on this beauties:​

  • MTB 2000m altitude in Italian Alps

  • MTB the old cocaine smugglers tracks in Chaing Mai

  • Ride from Prague to Karlstein and return in Czech Republic.

  • Snow MTB in -7° Hakodate, Japan

  • MTB Tas Trail – Devenport to Dover [5 days] • Roadie Port Macquarie to Kawana [5 days]


My prayer: The Lord is my shepherd; He leadeth me in pastures green. He gives us this day, our daily gels and MTB magazines.

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Ride Coordinator

CLARE BURNS

Vintage: Age-ed
Lives: Caloundra
Mountain bike mottos “It’s all relative, many skills maketh the mountain biker” and “Just because I can, doesn’t mean I should”. Mountain biking for 7ish years.
Favourite rides on the Sunshine Coast. Parkies, closely followed by Parkies and Parkies coming in a close third. Did I mention Parkies? In all seriousness though, we’re pretty spoilt for choice here. Sugars is an easy 5 minute ride from my front door, Ferny Forest great for letting off a bit of steam, Boneyards keeps it interesting and all without a major drive.
Rides: Eric, my Trek Fuel 9.8 and Jack, the beautiful Niner SS. BUT if the surf’s good the SUP usually gets the gig.
Occupation: Remedial massage therapist

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Ride Coordinator

LYNDEN BROWN

Born in Tassie, lived in the Caloundra area for 18 years now.

I grew up riding my various treddlies as my main mode of transport as a kid but only discovered mountain biking as we know it in the last two or three years (2014/15 ish – onwards).

I am an average rider when it comes to jumping and downhill speed and I have a slight preference for cross country riding. Having said that, every ride is always a good ride!

Joining CORCA had a very positive effect on my riding and my life. Such a welcoming and interesting group of humans with a broad range of riding skills, speed and ability to learn from and enjoy spending time with.

I look forward to more riding, more personal riding development and more CORCA dirty weekends away (check the CORCA calendar and come along, they are fantastic).

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Women's Officer

NATALIE BELLCHAMBERS

My name is Natalie Bellchambers, I’m originally from Tasmania but have spent many of the past 25 years living in different towns in Queensland and WA as well as two years in London. I have always been an active person, with many years as a runner, but since discovering mountain biking in around October 2016, I haven’t looked back. Mountain biking is much more than just a form of exercise, it’s a fun and exhilarating way to keep fit. Being a member of CORCA is like being part of a very supportive and encouraging family.

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Women's Officer

WIL CRAIG

 I first dabbled in MTBing in 2007, when I did the Noosa Enduro.  It was an incredible experience, and I was blown away by how very social the ride was.  To the point where I found myself having to remind myself I was actually in a race.  I shared single track with many different folks, exchanging stories, smiles, words of encouragement and a couple of times trail mix or lollies.

 

Alas, for several years afterwards life got in the way of me continuing to ride. Then, one October day (in 2015) I discovered that there was a Club starting right here in my backyard in Caloundra, and that they were having an open day at Sugarbag Rd.  I tagged along, and have not looked back since.

 

I still look back on that day and smile.  Being greeted by many warm and welcoming faces (that hasn’t changed), seeing folks of all ages, from young children right through to a much more seasoned generation, and everyone in between.  Riding the trails for the first time, with the support and encouragement of several leaders taking several groups throughout the day.  Watching coaches giving instruction to beginners.

 

The thing that always makes me smile widest is the memory of a young girl called Laura.  She was astride what looked like her very first MTB (hired), and she was calling out to every single person she passed that “I got a bike!!”, with what has to be the most joyful expression on her face that I have ever seen, before or since.  Her dad was tailing her closely, and it was clear she had several physical and mental challenges.  Nobody blinked an eye, and every person that looked her way had a smile, a cheer, an encouraging comment.  She is my favourite memory from that day.  And epitomises for me what this Club is all about.

Since that day I have gained fitness, skills, confidence, memories, laughter, and the friendship of some truly incredible folks.  I have never been a part of a sports club before.  I love the community I have the privilege of being a part of, I am passionate about encouraging women to get off road and discover the joys of the trails for themselves. 

 

And the icing on the proverbial?  The mental strength being involved in MTBing and this Club in particular have given me.  It allows me to face my challenges head on, and I know that no matter how difficult things seem, the trails are always there for when I gain a window to go for a ride.  When I am riding, whether in company or on my own, I can leave everything else behind.  I have discovered it is impossible to ride without smiling so hard that my cheeks ache at the end of each and every ride.

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Youth Development

JOVIAN HAIDLE

Basically I really enjoying riding my MTB as much as possible! Sugarbag is very close to home and I should probably pay rent for the amount of time I spend up there. My family also loves riding the bag so I guess there would be a Haidle riding there almost every day.

 

XC style riding and technical terrain is more my thing as well as the challenge of pushing myself to get fitter and stronger on the bike. My personal riding aim is to become a more competitive racer and have a more complete skillset.

 

Having coached kids in other sports I want to try and help develop the young riders in our area. As well as being better riders I would like to see CORCA Kids be good ambassadors for the local trails who appreciate how lucky we are to have them.

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General Committee Member

JULIA LENDVAI

Age: 57
Day Job: Adult Education (L&D) and Personal Trainer/Spin and yoga instructor
Live in Caloundra (Sugar Bag trails are my local)
Favourite trail – Syrup!
How long have I been riding mtb? I started 3 years ago by mistake! After saying for years that no one would ever, ever, ever, ever get me on an mtb, I entered an adventure race thinking I would only be ‘orienteering’ on foot. Oooops. I discovered the mtb leg was my favourite bit!
About my riding: I’m a cautious but enthusiastic rider, and my skills and confidence are improving every time I head out on the trails.
Why I love riding: It’s free (well apart from the equipment and gear of course), we ride outside in nature and get to enjoy this amazing place we live in.

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General Committee Member

DIANNE GRANT

I've been riding for about 5 years now. I originally became involved in MTB as a family sport, but really started to enjoy the XC racing side of MTB. I now race 24 hour adventure races and XC MTB races. It's a very friendly, social sport, even on the race scene. People are always keen to help each other out. It's a great sport for the whole family. I enjoy the positive female rider encouragement the club displays.

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General Committee Member

AARON JONES

Age: 48

Been riding Mountain Bikes for 20 years and still have the first MTB bike I bought in California 20 years ago. 

Really enjoy all aspects of mountain biking except riding uphill. 

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General Committee Member

JENNIFER TURNER

Just call me JEN or JT it's easier!

Born in Manly NSW, my family moved to Caloundra in the late 1980's. 

I have been riding pushys since childhood and for most of the 1990's you would have found me tearing through Ben Bennet Park or around the streets of Caloundra on a BMX tuffy style scooter or MTB bike being pulled along by my two Siberian Huskys And in the winter months racing with my dogs in Beerburrum State Forest, officially I took up MTB riding in 2017 and joined CORCA in 2018.

An ocean loving waterbaby by birth, I have a innate love of the outdoors and our natural environment, I find MTB riding gives me  a quite mind and my out in nature bush fix in one fun dose. 
 

I love a good XC ride, both the well planned for CORCA Club rides and "I wonder where this trail goes" impromptu adventures And let's face it you can't beat fun flowy down hill for laughter and big smiles "let's do that again can we!"

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