Cycling boss quits for the family

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Last updated 05:00 03/09/2013
Nick Jeffrey
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Nick Jeffrey

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Nick Jeffrey believes stabilising the grassroots and community element to Cycling Southland is the key to the organisation's future.

The Cycling Southland chief executive announced yesterday he had resigned from his role and will head back to his previous employer, Radio Network.

Jeffrey admitted the position had engulfed his time and was looking forward to allocating more time to his family.

He said he originally wasn't looking to get out of the job but when an another opportunity presented itself he took stock.

"I guess, to be honest, about three or four weeks ago Matthew, my son, turned 10 and I sort of woke up and thought ‘how did that happen?'. There's an element of looking for a bit of balance, from my point of view."

Jeffrey also felt a fresh face would also be good for Cycling Southland for its progression.

He felt the building of another velodrome in Cambridge has put the spotlight back to the grassroots side of the sport in Southland.

"To be honest, the focus of the organisation is in that local community and development space. It's about actually getting Southlanders in the sport at whatever level. It's the growth of that area which is probably the most pleasing, just the work from a schools point of view, whether it's at the velodrome or in the schools with the ‘learn to ride' programme. Because it's those sort of things that hold the organisation in good stead. Events are the thing that grab all the headlines and that's the sexy side of the business but Cycling Southland's aim, from a club point of view - in particular with Cambridge coming into play in the new year - needs to be at that grassroots level."

Cycling Southland president Lindsay Jordan paid tribute to what Jeffrey had brought to the organisation.

"Nick has been at the helm of Cycling Southland since March 2010 during a very exciting part of its journey, which included the hosting by Cycling Southland of the 2012 UCI Juniors World Track Championships. The UCI advised us that this junior worlds was the best ever held to date," Jordan said.

"In 2012, Cycling Southland was named by Bike NZ the best cycling club in New Zealand. Nick has lifted the profile of cycling in Southland and New Zealand to a new level. Cycling Southland wishes Nick all the best for the future, acknowledging that he needs to develop his own career."

Jeffrey is still finalising an end date in the role but it is likely to be in November after the Tour of Southland and other major cycling events to be held in Invercargill.

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