Recently named the BikeNZ Road and Track Club of the year, Cycling Southland handed out a few awards of its own during its annual prizegiving.
Eddie Dawkins, who has also been named BikeNZ's Face of Cycling and was the 2013-14 Southland sportsperson of the year, predictably took out the Elite Rider of the Year award after anchoring the New Zealand team sprint to a world championship title, along with a new national record.
Erin Criglington, who was presented the Shona Hewlett trophy for raising the profile of women's cycling at BikeNZ's annual meeting, was named Cycling Southland senior rider of the year for the second year running after winning the 2000m individual pursuit at the world masters championships in Manchester, along with more medals and records at the national age group championships.
The Peter Grandiek Cup for contribution to masters cycling was presented to Ian Densie, who has been instrumental in the coaching and support of the centre's masters riders, in particular the women's masters in the leadup to this year's national age group championships.
Waine Harding was again recognised when he took out the Tony Ineson Cup for contribution to senior cycling.
The Laurie Tall Cup for contribution to junior cycling went to Alan Strong.
The Senior Newcomers Award went to Kirstie James, a recent convert from rowing who moved to Invercargill 18 months ago.
The Junior Newcomers Award was presented to Ellesse Andrews, from Central Otago, who debuted on the track at the Southland championships before netting three bronze, two silver and a gold at the national championships, along with a New Zealand record in the team sprint with partner Emma Cumming.
- The Southland Times