Alum and Lead Race Timer Kiefer Dundas

 

Name: Kiefer Dundas
City: Seattlekiefer-dundas
Team: Ballard
Years you raced: 2012-2014
# of years with League total involvement: This will be my 6th year.

How long have you been mountain biking?
6 years

How did you end up riding with the League?
A friend of mine told me about the League and I went to a meeting and it sounded like a lot of fun! I had no experience racing at the time but thought it would be a fun new thing to try.

What did you like best about racing on a League team?
The whole culture of the League is inviting and fun! Everyone is friendly and laid back. Unlike other high school sports that are so focused on winning and being the best, WSCL is focused on just making sure the racers have fun and it shows in the coaches and administration staff.

How did participating impact you and/or the rest of your life?
I made a lot of good friends and developed great relationships with a lot of different people. Participating introduced me to a great community that I can be involved with for the rest of my life. Even after graduation I have continued to stay involved with the League.

What are you up to now?
I am a student at the University of Washington studying Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. I am the lead timer for the League and for MFG Cyclocross. I also work at the Pacific Science Center as the youth and family programs operations lead.

How did you end up working with the League?
I knew Lisa from being a racer in the League on the Ballard High School team. Lisa asked me if I knew anyone who could help with a new timing system they were testing out. I told her I could help out and that led me to be the lead timer.

What do you like best about it?
Everyone I work with in the organization is so nice and great to work with. I love to be a part of an organization that gives kids a place to have fun and exercise their passion, like it was for me.

How have you seen the mission (empowering students through mountain biking) fulfilled through your work?
My job is to record and publish results for all racers. There are times where I am standing by the posted results and I see a first-time racer looking at their results and whether they are first or 40th, they are so proud of that result. They are able to see their name published online as an accomplishment they can show their friends and family.

Why do you think this program is important for students?
This program gives students a way to express themselves in a unique way. When I was racing and I would tell people I raced mountain bikes, they would think that is the coolest thing ever. It gives students a community to get involved with. In my experience, when students have an outlet from their school work with a program they love, they are less stressed and can develop friends for life.

How has volunteering impacted you and/or the rest of your life?
Working with the league has solidified my love and desire to work with kids and inspire them to drive for greatness and happiness in their futures.

What advice would you give to someone considering becoming a volunteer?
Just do it! You can be as involved as you want and have a chance to be a part of a community whose only goal is to give students an opportunity to do what they love.

What’s one word that describes your experience with the League?
Rewarding