Since the inception of the CMA-TAC, our long term goals were to not only help make the sport of trials better in Canada, but also to get better as a group. I believe that to achieve that, we must continue to rely on a broad variety of feedback from as many areas of the country as possible.
As the Chairman of the TAC, I happy to announce another step in that direction with the addition of our newest member, John Searle from Ontario. After learning about some of the great work John has done over the years within his club and the Ontario trials community, as well as serving as the Jury delegate for our Tdn team since 2011, I was convinced that he would make a great contribution. I know the rest of the TAC is excited to get underway and welcomes John aboard.
John Searle Jr., Ontario
John’s interest and involvement with motorcycles began at 10 years old. At that time he rode mini-bikes, eventually purchasing his first motorcycle at 15. In 1978 he joined the CMA competing mainly in motocross events; however, in the late ’70s and early ’80s John rode trial events as well.
After a 17 year absence, John returned to motorcycle competitions in 2001. He attends the majority of events in Ontario riding either his vintage 1986 TLR 200 or his 2016 Montesa 260.
John has been a member of The Steel City Riders since 1978 and helps with the club’s annual sanctioned trials event. Since 2009, John has been actively involved in the Ontario ATA (Amateur Trials Association) assisting with set-up and administration.
In 2011, John attended his first TDN as a substitute jury delegate and obtained his FIM licence (Clerk of the Course/Sporting Steward) that same year. At the 2015 Rhode Island World Round Trials, John served as the Chief Checker. John is always willing to help in any capacity to make the world of trials competitions the best it can be.