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February 1/05 12:12 pm - National Cycling Centre Hamilton Announces Board of Directors

Posted by Editor on 02/1/05

National Cycling Centre Hamilton Announces Board

January 31, 2005 (Hamilton, Ontario) - The National Cycling Centre Hamilton (NCCH) announces the successful adoption of bylaws and the election of a Board of Directors.

The NCCH, headquartered at McMaster University, is a result of the $1.2 million HCC legacy generated by the 2003 Road World Championships, held in Hamilton October 9-13, 2003. Over $630,000 of the legacy fund has been directed to the establishment of a national cycling centre in the Hamilton region, with the goals of:

(i) Further development of the National Cycling Centre in Hamilton;
(ii) the grassroots development of cycling in Ontario;
(iii) the provision of athlete support services and junior racing improvements; and
(iv) efforts aimed at major event continuity in Hamilton, Ontario.

The Board consists of the following members, drawn from legacy stakeholders and the community:

Steve Merker, President - Executive Director, Ontario Cycling Association
Robert Jones, Vice President - Editor, Canadian Cyclist magazine
Kris Westwood, Secretary - Development Coach, Canadian Cycling Association
Amy Moore, Athletes Rep - member Canadian national cycling team
Therese Quigley - Director of Athletics and Recreation, McMaster University
Bill Fenwick - Director of Culture and Recreation, City of Hamilton
Eddy Della Maestra - Orlick Industries

Head coach of the NCCH, reporting to the Board, is Neil Ross.

"We are pleased to have completed the process of incorporating the Centre and implementing the bylaws." stated Steve Merker. "It may have seemed like a lengthy process to some, but with federal, provincial, municipal, university and cycling association stakeholders all having to agree to the final bylaws, this was not something that could be rushed. However, we are now ready to move forward, and I believe that the Centre will quickly establish itself as a valuable resource for both elite and grassroots development in our sport."

The Centre is in the process of developing an operating budget, hiring a part time administrative staff person and implementing a Sprockids grassroots program for delivery to the local community.


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