Over the weekend Cycling Southland went head to head with the country’s best and brightest voluntary groups and organisations at the Trustpower National Community Awards.
The 2013 Trustpower National Community Awards were held in the Invercargill and Southland region from 21 - 23 March 2014.
Cycling Southland represented the Invercargill and Southland region at the National Community Awards - an honour we won after being named Supreme Winner at the Trustpower Invercargill Southland Community Awards last year.
Joining Cycling Southland at the National Awards were representatives from 24 other voluntary groups or organisations from around the country that were named Supreme Winner at their regional Trustpower Community Awards.
At the Nationals, Cycling Southland gave an eight minute presentation on what our organisation has achieved and why we deserved the title of Trustpower National Community Award Supreme Winner. Cycling Southland was judged on that presentation, along with a 1000 word summary of the organisation.
The presentations took place on Saturday 22 March at the Civic Theatre in Invercargill, with the Winner and Runner-Up announced at an Awards dinner that evening, which was held at Stadium Southland - along with a cycling demonstration from a great bunch of our Junior, Under 19 and Elite riders with emcee Julian Ineson keeping the demo exciting.
Trustpower Community Relations Representative Emily Beaton said Cycling Southland put together a fantastic presentation.
"This band of volunteers has been working hard behind the scenes for a long time to promote and create opportunities for all things cycling. Cycling Southland have a well-established cycling community that is recognised throughout the region.
"The Invercargill Southland community should be really proud of what Cycling Southland has achieved. They will make wonderful ambassadors for your community at the Trustpower National Community Awards," says Miss Beaton.
Attending the National Community Awards from Cycling Southland were Lindsay Jordan and Graham Sycamore, along with Invercargill City Deputy Mayor Darren Ludlow and his wife Lyndal and Southland Deputy Mayor Paul Duffy and his wife Alyson.
The Trustpower National Community Awards Supreme Winner took home $2,500, a framed certificate, a trophy and a $500 voucher from Exult, a leading and specialist training provider for the community sector. The Runner Up received $1,500, a framed certificate and a $200 voucher from Exult.
Mistletoe Bay Trust representing the Marlborough District, was named Supreme Winner at the awards.
The Runner-Up was the Neurological Foundation Southern Chair of Neurosurgery, representing Dunedin.