Cycling Southland Prize Giving 2016
Junior Newcomers Award
Nominees: Jaz McLeod, Cody Harvey, Helena Rikiti, Rhiannon Brown, Jenny Brown,
Winner: Helena Rikiti
Helena came to the club through triathlon just three months prior to the Age Groups and improved out of sight in those three months. A first timer in the U17 grade, she was part of the team that won the U17 team pursuit title. No surprise that she now has a big focus on track cycling and a big future ahead of her.
Junior U15 Rider of the Year Award
Nominees: Jaz McLeod, Cody Harvey, Jenny Brown, Josh Miller, Rhylee Akeroyd, Tyla Green, Natalie Green, Hunter Gough
Winner: Rhylee Akeroyd
Rhylee has come to the sport following the path of dad and sister, but she’s quickly made her own mark and staked a strong claim in her divisions. She’s made great progress through our early grades and performed well at Southland Track Champs. She will ensure the Akeroyd name remains a force in Cycling Southland for years to come.
Junior Rider of the Year
Nominees: Corbin Strong, Emma Cumming, Tom Sexton, Ellesse Andrews, Bradly Knipe, Nicole Shields, Makayla Harvey
Winner: Emma Cumming
There’s not much more to say about Emma’s performance in the past year. Her silver medal at the Junior World Track Champs in Kazakhstan is the icing on a the cake for dominant year, and we hope she’ll go one better in Switzerland this month. She’s a valued club member who puts in the time when she can.
Junior Off the Bike Award
Nominees: Emma Cumming, Victoria Baldwin, Tayla Lumdsen
Winner: Tayla Lumsden
Tayla has progressed through the ranks and is performing exceptionally well at U17 level. She also helps in other squads and is an able helper around the track. She’s quickly become a valued member of the club and a rider to watch for the future.
Senior Newcomers Award
Nominees: Ben Worker, Nick Barclay, Leanne Dalley, Kara Roderick-Wandless
Winner: Leanne Dalley
Leanne Dalley came to the club through Corporate Pursuit and has continued to pursue a track career, with an emphasis on sprint. She competed in her first Southland Track Champs in December and then carried on, with great success, at the Age Group Track Champs in March.
Senior off the Bike Award – Peter Kissell Memorial
Nominees: Craig Sadlier, Waine Harding, Robin Criglington, Danielle Ralph, Dave Beadle
Winner: Dave Beadle
When an email goes out asking for attendance at a meeting, Dave is usually one of the first to reply – usually to say he’ll be washing his hair. But Dave is an incredibly valued member of the club who assists in all facets and is always willing to lend a hand. That was acknowledged at the Cycling NZ awards this year with a joint coach of the year award with his offside Sid. Dave has also been heavily involved with the Junior Div committee which is a stronger organisation because of his involvement.
Senior Rider of the Year
Nominees: Brendan Akeroyd, Erin Criglington, Peter Grandiek, Neil Familton, Mike White, Steven Keast, Luke Macpherson, Kylea Gough, Nicola Stevens, Roger Nicholas, Sam Kopae
Winner: Erin Criglington
A fulltime job, two children and defending world masters champion. We’re baffled as to how she does it. But Erin continues to strive for excellence with the goal to dominate all that she competes. Her drive and determination is a credit to her and something to be admired by others and to act as an inspiration.
Elite Rider of the Year
Nominees: Eddie Dawkins, Matt Archibald, Matt Zenovich, Pieter Bulling, Josh Haggerty, Nick Kergozou, Tom Scully, Natasha Hansen,
Winner: Eddie Dawkins
Eddie regained the team sprint rainbow jersey in London with Ethan Mitchell and Sam Webster and is gunning for gold this year in Rio. And we can’t wait. Strong performances at the world cups, Ocieanas and national champs continue to define him as a rider of our generation.
Most Improved Rider
Nominees: Nic Barclay, Leanne Dalley, Corbin Strong, Kara Roderick, Bradly Knipe
Winner: Bradly Knipe
A quiet and unassuming lad, Bradly has gone from an relatively unknown U19 rider to a national rep with his sights firmly set on Tokyo in four years. With a dominant performance in the Keirin at the U19 national track champs, and powerful displays of power throughout the year, Bradly is going places … quickly.
Laurie Tall Cup for Contribution to Junior Cycling
Nominees: Sid Cumming, Dave Beadle, Fergus Canny, Kate Wilson, Gerald Paterson, Nicola Stevens
Winner: Gerald Paterson
Gerald has been an integral part of the success of the Junior Division for some time. His dedication to the U15 squad has been particularly strong, leading to significant success for those riders at national level. The fruits of his efforts will be visible for years to come as those riders make their through the system.
Tony Ineson Cup for Contribution to Senior Cycling
Nominees: Danielle Ralph, Robin Criglington, Waine Harding, Alistair Burnett, Bruce Jones
Winner: Bruce Jones
If there’s a club road race on, rain, hail or sunshine, chances are Bruce will there. He’s always willing to help out with new riders and making them feel welcome. He’s a valued unassuming member of the club whose efforts deserve to be acknowledged.
Peter Grandiek Cup for Contribution to Masters Cycling
Nominees: Nick Harris, Roger Nicholas, Erin Criglington,
Winner: Roger Nicholas
With a friendly disposition and a can-do attitude, there’s nothing that appears to phase Roger. Whether it’s coaching, encouraging or racing, he’s an able and willing participant, something the club truly values.
SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION AWARDS
Stotty has become one of the voices of cycling in the south, with his role at the velodrome and the Yunca Junior Tour of Southland. He’s a familiar sight at events at the velodrome and a valued supporter of the club.
Lindsay Jones’ commitment to the safekeeping of all road riders, whether it be club racing or major events, is an invaluable and greatly appreciated addition to the club. The organisation is far richer for his ready and willing involvement in ensuring that traffic management if of the highest – and safest – level. Cycling Southland and all riders certainly appreciate his tireless efforts.
If there’s a cycling race happening in the south, you’ll probably find Crigs there in some capacity. His tireless efforts for the club were also recognised at the Cycling NZ annual awards with a lifetime service award.
Helen McKenzie’s expertise in the medical field is an invaluable asset to the club. Her tireless efforts and enthusiasm mean that when riders do crash, they’re in extremely safe and supporting hands. And her baking’s not too bad either.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Nominees: Tim Maynard, Dave and Kathleen Simpson, Helen McKenzie, Ian Densie, paul Tomlinson, Barry Ellis, Sharyon Ralph, John Taylor, Alan Strong, Tracey Miller, Ray Robinson, Dave Beadle, Alan Dunn, Julian Ineson.
Winner: Dave and Kathleen Simpson and John Taylor.
Dave and Kathleen Simpson take on a mammoth effort every year with the stage finishes of the SBS Bank Tour of Southland. They’re responsible for setting and breaking down the finish line for each stage – not an easy job. But their bubbly personalities, enthusiasm and professionalism ensure the job is achieved to a high standard – every time. They can also be found at track events manning the judge referee video camera. Their efforts are truly appreciated.
John Tayor’s continual willingness to help both on the road and track is a valued asset to the club. He’s always there to assist and carries out a role that others might shy away from. But as he points, he gets to watch the racing from one of the best seats in the house. During the Secondary Schools Road Champs he can be found in all weathers, providing valuable support.
Muppet of the Year Award
Danielle Ralph was the unanimous winner of this for her inability to ride something with two wheels … and an engine.
Best Performance Award
Eddie Dawkins’ anchoring ride in the Team Sprint at the World Champs was judged to be the standout performance by a Southland rider in 2015.