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Shannon Quiles'19 is First Female Athlete to Receive DBP Varsity Letter

Shannon is not only a captain of Don Bosco’s Varsity Mountain Biking team, but last season, she was the team’s overall points leader and won every race in her series.

Shannon, who is also the IHA Ski Team captain, was approached by Phil Godwin, Don Bosco Prep Mountain Biking Team coach and Ski Team coach, while at the High School Ski Racing Finals her sophomore year. He informed her of his plan to start a mountain biking team within the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), and how the team would need both girls and boys to score full points. All of the IHA girls agreed to join, but Shannon was the only one who went through with it; she is now the sole female rider on the team.

Shannon also successfully brought a Cycling Club to Immaculate Heart Academy this past fall. Shannon is the president of the new club; her classmate, Hannah Lynch’19, is the vice president; and Mr. Justin Zelenka, history teacher, is the faculty moderator. Outdoor rides will begin this spring, and the girls have participated in a skills clinic, spin classes, and nutritional meetings over the winter months. Shannon hopes to continue cycling and skiing in college, most likely at the club level.