New Cycling New Zealand Southern Performance Hub cycling coach Sid Cumming living his dream
Southland's Sid Cumming is living his dream.
The recently appointed Cycling New Zealand Southern Performance Hub lead coach is well-known in the Southland sporting scene.
He owns a health and fitness gym in Invercargill and was a successful coach of rowing and triathlon in the region before turning to cycling, in charge of the region's under-17 and under-19 programmes.
His new role will require a change of focus after being self-employed for 26 years.
"It gives me an opportunity to live my dream and be paid for doing something I have a great passion for, for me it's a win, win; I can't lose really," he said.
Cumming is set to put a manager in his gym, although he will still spend some time there.
"With my role, because I have 40 hours a week cycling, coaching is not all eight to five o'clock, so I could be working one night until nine coaching," he said.
"So I can pop into the gym to make sure things are running smoothly, might do four of five hours at the gym a week."
He will be in charge of development opportunities for young Otago and Southland riders at the new Cycling New Zealand Southern Performance Hub based at the velodrome in Invercargill.
The SIT has joined in as the major sponsor of the hub, which is intended to work in with the existing cycling programmes and infrastructure that are already in place in Southland, connecting riders with their pathway to high performance.
Cumming started work on Monday and will head to the first regional hub at Cambridge for three days on Wednesday.
"They have been running their hub for 10 months, I will get a few ideas there," he said.
The Southland Performance Hub will host its first intake of riders at a training camp in November, with Cumming preparing some of the riders for the Oceania Track Cycling Championships in December.