As the 2018 racing calendar draws to a close, it was once again time to gather for the annual club awards. The venue this year was the Armidale Ex-Services club, and a healthy gathering of members, family & friends turned out last Sunday for an afternoon of celebration including beers, bowling, bbq, and of course recognising our champion racers.
Although the road season has concluded, the MTB season is in full swing, which lead to an unfortunate clash of events with the NSW State XC MTB championships in Orange, which saw several of our award winners unable to attend in person. So, belated congratulations go to the following champion riders:
Mick Harris – Mens Club Champion (Division 1 Road Race, A Grade Crit Champion, Mens ITT Champion Division 1
Katherine Hosking – Women’s Road Race Champion Division 1
Hayden Freeman – Mens B Grade Crit
Derek Shirlaw – Mens C Grade Crit
There were lots of our champion racers who were able to attend, and in no particular order congratulations go to Jacqui King (Division 1 Women’s ITT Champion), John Scott-Hamilton (Division 2 Men’s ITT Champion), Dave Munday (Men’s Division 2 Road Race Champion), Jo Wauch (Womens Division 2 ITT & Road Race Champion )
Probably, the most hard-fought contest in the club calendar is the season-long Road Racer of the Year handicap competition, and 2018 was no exception. Once again the title went down to the wire, with the final round pitting Pat Ferris and Rob Hale head-to-head in what turned out to be a ding dong battle that saw Rob emerge victorious to take home the trophy. Or at least he would done if there was a trophy, as it turned out that last years champion Chris Stace was unable to part with the such a coveted possession, and Captain Creagan is now on the case to make sure justice prevails!
Rob was also recognised for his long-standing and tireless efforts in promoting the club, managing the club website & social media, and compiling entertaining and informative race results week-in week-out for the last 6 years. As such Ron is a worthy winner of our 2018 Clubman of the year – well done Robb, richly deserved!!
That just left one final award – the Roger Munday award. This is a new award for the club to recognise the efforts of an up & coming club rider over the course of the year with a monetary award, very generously given in Roger’s name, and this year we were very lucky to have Rogers wife Nikki to present the award. The inaugural recipient this year was Olive Tutt, who has show outstanding determination and resilience in her racing across the year. Well done Olive, we looks forward to your continued progression in 2019.
With the awards completed, the crowd slowly dispersed home to recover from the days events, a year of tough & competitive racing, and with ambitions burning to enjoy more success and sportsmanship in the coming year!