Date: Monday, 30 July 2018

Dedicated Southland cycling administrator Lindsay Jordan has been awarded a life membership by Cycling Southland.

Jordan was presented with the honour at Cycling Southland’s annual meeting in Invercargill on Thursday night.

Cycling Southland president Reece McDonald said Jordan had done a lot for the sport, in particular stepping up a few years ago at a time cycling in Southland "lacked a bit of leadership".

Jordan became involved in cycling when his daughter, Cathy, took up the sport in the early 2000s.

He was president of Cycling Southland for five years.

He held several roles within the club which included being an executive member for 14 years.

Jordan stepped down from the Cycling Southland board at Thursday night’s meeting, as did Erin Criglington. Criglington remains heavily involved in cycling circles, through her role as vice-president of the Cycling New Zealand road and track council and as an elite commissaire.

Criglington was also a leading cyclist in the masters ranks. Long-time coach Dave Beadle has joined the board and McDonald said there would be more appointments to fill the skills needed on the board.

"We want to make sure there is women’s representation on the board, so that is an area we will be looking to sort," he said.

McDonald paid tribute to Cycling Southland general manager Mark Hotton for the leadership he had shown in delivering a much better financial performance over the past 12 months.

Last year, the organisation revealed an alarming $52,600 loss but on Thursday night it confirmed a profit of $46,990 for the past year after working hard to reduce costs.

While it did not completely offset last year’s loss, tightening the belt had put Cycling Southland in a better position, McDonald said.

"Last year, I noted how Cycling Southland was operating in a difficult funding market and that hasn’t changed," McDonald said.

The work Hotton had done in creating an excellent financial management reporting system was paying off and the result was ahead of what had been budgeted, he said.

Article courtesy ODT

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