Graham Sycamore's lifetime award nearly busted

NATHAN BURDON
Last updated 05:00 15/02/2014
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PROUD MOMENT: Cycling stalwart Graham Sycamore with his lifetime achievement award.

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A stray email might have given cycling stalwart Graham Sycamore some warning that he was more than just a guest at the Halberg Sports Awards on Thursday night, but there were still a few surprises in store.

Sycamore, a longtime cycling administrator at local, national and international level, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Auckland.

The honour is awarded to an individual who over their lifetime has given outstanding service to sport as a competitor, administrator and/or coach, at local and/or national level and has not generally received national recognition.

That certainly sums up Sycamore, a life member of both Cycling Southland and the Cycling New Zealand federation.

The BikeNZ board member was invited up to Auckland several weeks ago on the pretence of supporting world omnium champion Aaron Gate, a finalist for the sportsman of the year gong.

While travelling to Auckland he received an email which gave the game away, but when he tried to contact his wife Bernie she proved quite evasive.

Even when Sycamore gave his acceptance speech on stage on Thursday night, he wasn't aware Bernie had travelled north on the same day and was in the room.

Sycamore met philanthropist businessman Sir Eion Edgar, Prime Minister John Key, All Black coach Steve Hansen and captain Richie McCaw at the awards.

He also pressed the Prime Minister on how important it was that he come down to Southland to officially open the new stadium.

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