2012 Queensland Club of the Year
Gold Coast CATS Cycling Club
Published: Nov 27, 2012 12:53:50 PM Updated: May 21, 2013 01:59:55 PM
CATS Cycling Club was announced “Club of the Year” at the 2012 Cycling Queensland Awards evening. This is a significant milestone for our club and is a fitting recognition of the efforts of all those who have contributed in no small way to this award. We believe that we offer a variety of cycling experiences to members of all ages and abilities in a well organised and efficient manner. To do this requires commitment to the cause and, of course, considerable hours of effort to deliver the package we offer our members and the cycling community.
CATS Cycling Club is celebrating its 20th anniversary and boasts a number of outstanding member achievements throughout its history. We are currently the largest non-metropolitan cycling club in Queensland with 250 members . This is an increase of 35% over the number of members at the corresponding date last year.
Outstanding member accomplishments this year include Robbie McEwen (Orica-Greenedge), Jonathan Cantwell (Saxobank - TDF 2012) and Emily Roper (Gold Medal Junior World Track Championships, represented at Junior World Road Championships) and was also recognised by Cycling QLD as U19 Women's Road Cyclist of the Year. Our younger juniors have also performed admirably with Sean Grimes representing QLD at Junior Track Nationals and Josh Watson, Riley Maule and Shannon McQuaid representing QLD at Junior Road Nationals.
Our 2011 medal of honour recipient, Sara Carrigan, OAM was inducted into the Gold Coast Hall of Fame as well as representing Australia at the International Olympic Academy in Greece and then going on to coach the Australian Junior Women's Road Team at Junior World Championships in Holland.
The CATS junior development program has without doubt been the driving force in bringing together our club and increasing our membership and volunteer participation. We have hosted events like the Mike Stout Memorial Race and the Darren Smith Classic. Additionally, our regular club events from junior training, track training, twilight criteriums and Sunday racing have all contributed significantly to our success.
It's that time of year again when memberships for the new year need to be renewed. If you haven't already chosen a club for 2013, we welcome you to join the GC CATS as we are proudly and justifiably the QLD Club of the Year. For all the details about our club’s success over the past 12 months, please refer to the attachment.