Date: Thursday, 02 February 2017

Southern Institute of Technology chief executive Penny Simmonds, Cycling New Zealand hub coach Sid Cumming, Madeleine Gough, Tayla Lumsden, Nicole Shields, Corbin Strong, Sam Miller, Mitchell Morris, Ewan Syme, and Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt mark the official opening of the SIT Southern Performance Hub at the SIT Velodrome in Invercargill.

Some of New Zealand's top young cyclists will be part of the new Cycling New Zealand Southern Performance Hub in Invercargill.

The SIT Southern Performance Hub coach Sid Cumming has named the first intake of seven riders to join the Hub.

They include five riders from Invercargill in Maddy Gough, Tayla Lumsden, Mitchell Morris, Sam Miller and Corbin Strong, along with Nicole Shields from Alexandra and Ewan Syme from Dunedin.

Southland cyclist Corbin Strong will be part of the Southern Performance Hub in Invercargill.

Lumsden is the national under-17 team sprint and team pursuit champion, while Gough is a medallist in the same age group in team pursuit and sprint.

Central Otago's Shields is a national champion on the road and track as well as a world championship medallist in the team pursuit last year.

Morris is a national under-19 team sprint champion and Oceania medallist in the team sprint Ewan Syme was national under-17 champion in team sprint and team pursuit.

Strong is a blue chip prospect as a national under-17 champion on the road and the track where he has won eight titles, while Miller, a former national champion on the road and track, is coming back to the sport after six months off with illness.

The Hub will provide development opportunities for talented young riders from the region, working in with the existing local cycling programmes and infrastructure to add value and connect riders with their pathway to high performance. 

Cycling SIT Southern Performance Hub riders

Maddy Gough, Tayla Lumsden, Mitchell Morris, Sam Miller, Corbin Strong, Nicole Shields and Ewan Syme.

Article courtesy Stuff, photo courtesy Eugene Bonthuys

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