At the BikeNZ AGM in Cambridge last weekend Mike McRedmond was awarded the 2014 Coach of the Year for Road and Track.
This is an outstanding recognition for a man who has put a huge effort into our riders achieving and exceeding their goals in 2013/14 and for many years before that. He is also an outstanding contributor to the club at many levels.
We all know the wonderful results that have been achieved this past year from Jesse in Europe, Simon on the track, the PNBHS Schools team, Kate, Campbell, Chris, Carne, Libby, Michaela and all the others who have experienced Mike’s guidance and passion.
Mike has a wonderful ability to pass his enthusiasm to his riders and for those who listen and take on board his direction, the results just seem to flow.
For all his athletes he can plan the strategy , clarify the process , add the belief and instil confidence like no other.
We are extremely fortunate to have Mike in our stable….and many thanks to Natalie for the support she has given Mike for a long time. Coaching with passion can be time consuming and it takes some effort and commitment.
One of Bike Manawatu’s challenges going forward will be how we download some of Mike’s knowledge into an enduring coaching structure with qualified coaches.
A Coaching panel is now being led by Peter McCarthy and progress is being made. We have a number of active coaches in the club for whom we are very grateful. Coaching can be very satisfying .Our coaching legacy continues of course with Steve Stannard now the BikeNZ U19 Head road coach.
As was noted on more than one occasion in Cambridge last weekend…as a club we are a force to be reckoned with….and long may that last.