Given we have two of our club members competing at the Commonwealth Games and their families and friends supporting them at the games, I have decided to join them and write this newsletter from the Gold Coast Australia where the excitement is building.
Both Campbell Stewart and Michaela Drummond have been through the Bike Manawatu and Manawatu Schools cycling system and now are representing New Zealand which is a testament to their dedication and commitment to the sport. Along with their families unwavering support and their fellow school riders and club members support we can all be proud of Manawatu as a great place to cycle.
As I write this email Campbell Stewart had just ridden himself into the team pursuit bronze medal ride off against Canada which was exciting race to watch. At only 19 years old Campbell is already footing it with the best in the world. On Sunday evening he is in the points race. Michaela rides tomorrow and is a super exciting rider with natural speed and talent to burn. Live track racing is incredible, and we wish Campbell and Michaela and their supporter all the very best regardless of the results and trust this experience sets them up for future international competitions.
I have enjoyed the first day here in the Gold Coast with John and Sue Obrien who's daughters Connie and Rosie are successful Bike Manawatu and Schools cyclists. What an experience.
For those who have experienced giving something back to an organisation or sport you are involved in, is hugely satisfying. For those who haven't yet experienced this, we offer you an opportunity to find out more and how to go about giving back to your club as a part time rostered volunteer or board member.
For me, after following my cycling son and daughter around local and national events for five years and now coming up to my fifth year on the Bike Manawatu board, two years as Chairman, I feel satisfied I have given something back to cycling. However, it is time for me to step down as Club Chairman and a board member at the AGM on the 28 April and let new people and fresh ideas take the club to the next level. I will remain actively involved with our club doing other helpful things.
Bike Manawatu now extend an invitation to any rider or non-rider who feels ready to give some of your time back to our club by expressing an interest and talk to us.
We have an outstanding team of people on the Bike Manawatu board- Mike Craine, Tim Lloyd, James Denholm, Andrew Ward, new board members Michelle Turner and Megan Blatchford-Peck and myself. We also have an outstanding club secretary in Keryn Paekau. Together we meet once per month for our board meetings, and in-between talking we communicate by email on decisions in the best interest of the club.
The volunteers roster always comes down to select few people who have put their hand up to help run events and be left to continue running events. By you offering to join our club roster list, all cyclist will benefit including yourself. Share in the experience
Theme " KIWIANA"
When; Saturday night 28th April
Where: Marist Sport Club (decorated)
Time;Happy Hour and AGM" from 5-6pm. 6pm until late prize giving and quiz.
We are busy planning our track and road club prize giving and this year would really love you and your partners and cycling buddies to join us for some quality time together.
Discounted drinks at the bar will be open for the night and the prize giving will be broken up during the evening with a mix of celebrating success, quiz fun and a few spot prizes.
The old fashion concept of "bring a plate" is a tradition people might enjoy.
The more people the merrier.....The night schedule is currently being tweaked and promoting the event will begin soon. Let’s all support this night together.
The Big Bike Film Night is Back in Palmy on Monday 9th April, 6:30pm
Tickets: $22 Adults, and $16 Juniors Under 17yrs) and available from the website or going down to The Globe and grabbing a ticket or two.