I thought it was about time I provided the membership with an update from the Board in my capacity as interim Chair of Bike Manawatu (BM).
Paul’s shoes are very large ones to fill. He has left the Board and the organisation in good shape, and I hope, in the short term at least, I can do as good a job as he. I will continue as Chair until the AGM, at which point we will see who is on the Board from that point forward. In accordance with the BM Constitution, the elected Board then will elect a Chair for a one-year term.
With Paul’s resignation however, and that of Sue MacMaster more recently, there are two spots on the Board to fill. The Board has the power to co-opt two members to the Board and one of these positions has been filled by Brendon Hapeta. We welcome Brendon’s business knowledge and enthusiasm and support for cycling, and I’m certain he will be able to help us successfully achieve our goals. The Board thus consists of: Steve Stannard (Chair), Mike Christie (Deputy Chair), Iona McCarthy, Marcel Hollenstein, Kelly Johnson, and Brendon Hapeta. Glenys Taylor is the secretary of BM, reporting to the Board.
It’s notable that mid-October signals the beginning of prize-giving “season” in the Manawatu. We have a number of members nominated for and finalists for awards at a variety of prize-giving functions. Last night I attended the Girls High Sports Awards and it was great to see so many cyclists receiving commendations for their performances through the year.
These prize-giving events culminate with the Manawatu Sports Awards on the 7th of Nov; we have quite a number of BM riders in there as finalists, including Jesse and Simon in the Sportsman of the Year category. Good luck to all finalists!
It is that time of the year where stocks of uniform items is at its lowest and a new order is about to be placed.
If the order is placed by the end of October it will be available for Christmas.
If riders are intending on riding at WCNI track champs or National Road cycling champs next year then they will need to wear Bike Manawatu kit. Only a limited number of extra items are ordered so please don’t get upset when we don’t have what you want in stock if you have not bothered to order it now.
The Feilding Festival of cycling which was held over the weekend saw the weather clear up just in time for the road events on the Sunday. The event saw close to 250 participants enter for the Sunday races. Lytton Street School once again provided great facilities, allowing for an enjoyable BBQ lunch and an eventful prize giving enjoyed by all involved. An event like this takes a lot of organization and the sponsorship and support from the volunteers makes an event like this possible.
There was fast and furious racing in the longer distance events due to the quality of the riders from all over the North island participating.
Thanks to Llewellyn Annandale, Graphic & Web Designer at Destination Manawatu, we have a great new design for the Manfeild 6Hour brand.