At Sask Cycling Association Annual General Meeting
September 26, 2010

The Saskatchewan Cycling Association membership elected new members and welcomed returning members to the Committees, said goodbye to some long term volunteers and announced the winners of the awards, during the Association’s annual general meeting held September 26 in Regina.

Returning from a two year term on the Sask Sport Board of Directors, Ron Cooley of Saskatoon was elected as Vice-President, Development, Peter Steckhan of Saskatoon accepted the newly formed position of Vice-President, Technical and Mike Horn of Prince Albert left the Development Committee to take on the Vice-President of High Performance.

Members elected Matt Martyniuk and Susan Bladyko to the Development Committee, responsible for marketing, athlete and coaching development, Paul Levett, Jay Van Ginneken and Shelley Horn to the Technical Committee, responsible for the provincial calendar and officials and Frank Matus to the High Performance Committee, which assists athletes to compete in national and international events.

The Associations says goodbye and thank you to retiring Committee members: Brian Fergusson (Regina), Vice-President, Finance and Administration; Patty Thomas (Lumsden), Vice-President, High Performance; and Darrell Noakes, Vice-President, Public Relations.

The association also announced the awards for volunteer and performance achievements during the past year.  The awards presentation will be held on October 23 in Saskatoon at the First Annual Awards Gala.

Don Cook of Saskatoon received the award for Outstanding Volunteer in the Recreation Sector, for his work as a member of the Saskatchewan Cycling Association’s recreation and transportation committee, as well as for his role in planning and supporting the Great Annual Saskatchewan Pedal (GASP) provincial tour.

Pete L’Heureux of Swift Current received the award for Outstanding Volunteer in the Road Sector, awarded for road, track and cyclo-cross racing. Pete has birthed and given management to the Swift Current Stage Race for 3 years.  In addition, as club president, the Swift Current cycle Club has been more visible this year with more members racing, a testament to his leadership.

Jim Large of Moose Jaw was awarded the Presidents award. The past year Jim has been an important part of the Moose Jaw Pavers club growth. He was the leader of the winter training program, where Jim volunteered his time 3 nights a week to train a group of about 20 youth and also a group of about 20 adults. He has been a regular leader at the club rides each week throughout the summer, and is an important part of the group as he encourages young riders to ride and “old” ones as well. Jim leads other local volunteers to collect older discarded bikes, gathers funding to repair them, and then hands them out to kids in need throughout the city. He has given out over 100 of these bikes already this year. He has also been a big part of the recent SHARE THE ROAD campaign in MJ, as he partnered with In Motion group to raise funds to purchase and hang over 50 SHARE THE ROAD signs in the city of Moose Jaw. Jim has also conducted a mini mountain bike camp for youth this summer in Moose Jaw.

Arnold Boldt of Moose Jaw received the Ken Wilson Achievement Award, presented in memory of veteran racer, commissaire and volunteer Ken Wilson to recognize an outstanding personal result in a timed cycling event. Boldt finished first in the both the road race and  time trial in LC3 para-category (above the knee amputation) securing his position on the World Para-cycling Canadian team.

Julia Garnet of Saskatoon was the repeat winner of the Wotton Bowl, which recognizes outstanding achievement in Road Racing during the past twelve months. Julia won her 2nd consecutive Junior National Time Trial Title.

Cycling Mileage Achievement Program (CMAP) awarded for the greatest logged distance in non-competitive cycling: Frank Matus (Martensville), 14,540km in 2010, the fifth year in a row that he has won the award.

Five-year volunteer plaques: Ray Wight (Saskatoon), Jay Van Ginneken (Regina), Sean Kukura (Regina).

10-year volunteer plaque: Neil Clarke (Saskatoon)

15-year volunteer plaque: Brian Fergusson (Regina

Jim Large accepting the President's award from Barret Kropf (SCA president)

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Frank Matus accepting the CMAP award from Ron Cooley (Vice President Development)