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Spotlight: Kim Walker – Fit Psychology

Kim Walker is one of those people who doesn’t stay idle for long. If she’s not riding her motorcycle, competing in an F1 sidecar race, surfing, weightlifting or competing on Australian Ninja Warrior (phew, I’m exhausted just typing all that!), then you will find this Gold Coast Mum of two working on people’s heads.

No, she’s not a brain doctor. Well actually, I guess she is. See Kim is a Psychologist. For over 20 years Kim has been following her passion to help people with their mental health. Being a competitive athlete herself, Kim is particularly passionate about working with clients on performance optimisation and anxiety relief.

Kim is Girl Moto’s resident psychologist and you can expect to see regular posts from her on mental well-being, anxiety experienced when riding and more. Kim is keen to share what she knows about using psychology to optimise performance. We can’t wait to see what she has in store for us.

Where are you currently located?

Gold Coast Australia

What’s your current ride?

CBR300 and F1 sidecar

What was your very first bike?

Dirt bike – I used to ride around my Uncle’s farm near Warwick when I was a teenager.

How long have you been riding?

I first hopped on a bike around the age of two with my dad. I rode dirt bikes mostly around properties out west.

Where is your favourite place to ride?

I love being in nature, whether it’s on or off the bike, so my favourite places to ride are through the mountains and by the ocean.

Is there a bucket-list ride that you are yet to do? If so, where?

My ultimate goal is to ride at Finke!

Editors Note: The Finke Desert Race is an off-road, multi-terrain two-day race for motorbikes, cars, buggies and quad bikes through desert country from Alice Springs to the small and remote community of Aputula in Australia’s Northern Territory. 

What is your usual riding style and with whom?

I love riding with my partner around our local area.
My favourite thing to do is hop on the bike and go exploring. I love finding new roads and seeing new places.

What is your involvement in the world of motorcycles?

As a psychologist, I’m really passionate about working with riders to address any issues they have that may be impacting their performance. This might be anxiety, family and/or work stress, previous accident – the list goes on.

I am also involved in racing – we own an F1 sidecar and this is my obsession! My partner also races a superbike and so we are at the track every chance we get.

What do you love about being involved in the world of motorcycles?

I have been around motorcycles my entire life. My family is filled with every type of bike rider- from the racer to my dirt bike loving kids!! However as a result of my profession, my love is really about what motorbikes represent for people. It gives people an opportunity to do something that is just for them and this is so important in amongst the stress of daily life. Through riding and racing, I’ve met the most amazing, interesting and welcoming people.

What led you to be involved in the world of motorcycles?

I’ve been around bikes my entire life.

I certainly grew up with the story of the “danger” of motorcycles. My dad was in a terrible accident in his early 20’s which resulted in lifelong injuries. But it didn’t stop him and it certainly hasn’t stopped me or my sister from riding.

I can’t really explain it, but it is just something I have to do.

Any comments/thoughts/observations specifically about female riders or riding?

I love meeting other female riders. I feel like we have an instant connection due to our common interest but it is more than that. I think being in the minority means that when you meet other girls that ride, it’s really exciting.

In sidecar racing, we had the biggest female representation at ASBK at Queensland Raceway earlier in the year.

One thing that can be really hard for females is finding time to ride with family commitments. I know this difficult for guys too- but I’ve noticed the Mums out there seem to feel a lot of guilt for taking time out for themselves. Self care is so important and it’s definitely something I’m really passionate about

What is some advice you have for all motorcyclists?

Be clear about your “why”. Why do you ride? Why is it important to you?

If you can be really clear about this for yourself, then you don’t need to justify it to anyone.

I ride because I love it and it gives me something that I don’t get anywhere else in my life. Nothing replicates the feeling of riding. It’s a bit like surfing- nothing is the same as that feeling (that’s why I do both!!) and you have to find what that is for you.

Any thoughts/observations/comments about Girl Moto?

I’m so excited about Girl Moto and the opportunity to be involved. I can’t wait to be a part of this!!

Final thoughts from Kim:

Just a bit about me-
I love pushing myself to my limits. I’ve been a psychologist for over 20 years; I’ve competed at state, National and international levels in Olympic weightlifting; I was a contestant on the first season of Australian Ninja Warrior! I love working with people to optimise their lives to be the best version of themselves.

Loren
Lorenhttp://www.girlmoto.com.au
Loren is our Girl Moto founder and editor. Several years into her leadership role with East Coast Female Rides (ECFR), Loren felt a desire to bring a female-focussed publication to life. One that would serve to unite Girl Moto's around the world. With a background in business finance, marketing and copywriting, Loren actually creates Girl Moto content as an excuse to call riding motorcycles "work". When not being Girl Moto, you will find Loren enjoying downtime with her family, riding with her ECFR tribe or feeding her obsession for travel and good food, with a healthy side-serve of beach vibes, whenever possible.
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