The City of Edmonton's Citation Award honours an individual who has given significant service and inspiring leadership in arts and culture, community service, or sports.
On Monday evening, lifetime Juventus member Dave Embury was recognized with a City of Edmonton Citation Award in sport, at the Salute to Excellence at Edmonton City Hall.
Dave is a tremendous community builder whose love for racing bicycles has inspired decades of contribution to Edmonton's cycling community.
Juventus team pictures, taken throughout the years, hang on our clubhouse walls. Take a few moments to check them over. The glasses may change, but Dave Embury is always there. He is the cofounder of our Juventus Cycling Club - Alberta's largest, and most accomplished bike racing club. Since its inception, Juventus has produced national, world, and Olympic champions, and has more than 500 active members. Dave continues with Juventus as well as the Edmonton Masters Cycling Club - actively training, racing, and available for advice.
Dave has spearheaded numerous initiatives. He was instrumental in establishing the Argyll Velodrome Association, to lead its redevelopment after a six-year closure of the venue. Since reopening, thousands of students have experienced the track, and hundreds of youth, elite, and masters have trained and raced at the Argyll Velodrome.
Dave also led the project to expand and modernize the Argyll Velodrome Clubhouse, now home to year round Juventus cycling and soccer communities. This well used facility offers a weight room, computrainer room, showers and change rooms, meeting room, party lounge, general purpose room, storage rooms, and an area for bike maintenance.
Dave was key to Edmonton being awarded the very successful 2005 World Masters Games, and track cycling events were integral to the bid.
Dave's reach extends beyond Juventus and the Argyll Velodrome. He was a founding board member of the Tour of Alberta pro cycling stage race, Canada's first and highest ranking professional road cycling stage race.
David is currently leading a project to establish an indoor velodrome as part of the Coronation Recreation Centre. Upon completion, the indoor velodrome will provide for local, national, and international training and competition, but even more than that, it will enhance Edmontonian opportunity for an active and healthy lifestyle.
Congratulations to David Embury, and many thanks for all you have done for cycling - from your Juventus family!