On Sunday November 27th, Juventus gathered together, at our clubhouse, for our Annual General Meeting and Awards Dinner. Club President Gail Wozny used the analogy of the visible tip of an iceberg, to our top performers - and looked to celebrate the much larger group below the surface: developing youth, parent assistants, coaches, our many mentors within the club, race organizers, and the rest of our dedicated membership.
Gail - chairing the 2016 AGM -
Gail, acknowledged and welcomed three special attendees: Erik Oddleifson - one of our sponsors, and chairman of the Argyll Velodrome Association (AVA); Alex Ongaro - our newest lifetime member, and head coach of the Argyll Velodrome Racing Academy (AVRA); as well as Dave Embury - lifetime member, recent City of Edmonton Citation Award recipient, and head of the steering committee for the new indoor velodrome.
All of our directors gave a brief overview of their programs. Many of our executive have served the first of 2 year terms; however, office of president was open, and acclaimed by Gail Wozny. Young Scott MacKenzie put his name forward for the open position of Secretary, and was also acclaimed.
Lorne took wonderful pictures of our award winners
Scott MacKenzie - Juventus Secretary!
The AGM finished with an overview of the new indoor velodrome project presented by Dave Embury. Jeff Bakal, and Dave continue to lead the project forward, meeting funding goals. With targets continuing to be met, the City will capitalize shovels to the ground for 2018!
Juventus annually honours our top performers . . . but top performance can be exhibited in a variety of categories. This year's George Award was won by Santino Pasutto - curiously absent, but his story was well told by Bruce . . . oh my.
Following the AGM, Gail continued as MC for our annual Juventus Awards. Gail wonderfully individualized each winner's accomplishments, and gave humorous accent to the sillier awards. Meanwhile, Lance Adamson had ventured over to Chianti's Restaurant to pick up our delicious dinner. All enjoyed buffet style dining, along with a variety of lovely beverages, gathered for the festivities, by James Lyon. It should be noted that chestnut flavoured beer is NOT included in these accolades.
Bill Burtnik, at the AGM, describing the accomplishments, and exploits of the 2016 LAMP, and new LAMP+
The AGM is complete - onto the Awards!
U15 trophies are World Cups won by Olympian Lori-Ann Muenzer - repurposed!
Top U15 Female - presented by Bill Burtnik to Annie Wyminga Scott
Paul Wyminga is our new Sprockids Director - and Annie's dad!
Top U15 Male - presented by Bill Burtnik to Lukas Bonkowski
Top U17 Male - presented by Ken Germaine to Ryan MacLean
Top U17 Female - presented by Ken Germaine to Abbey McGill
Top u19 Award - Norm Ritter accepts on behalf of son, Stefan Ritter - presented by Ken Germaine
Rookie of the Year - presented by Ken Germaine to Alex Webb
Top U19 Female - presented by Ken Germaine to Devaney Collier
Top Individual Time Trialist Award - presented by Gail Wozny to Bruce Copeland . . . again!
Top Elite Woman - presented by Gail Wozny to Kinley Gibson
Top Elite Male - presented by Gail Wozny to Ross Wilson
Top Master Woman -presented by Alex Stieda to Gail Wozny
Top Master Male - presented by Gail Wozny to Dan Nelson
Most Improved - presented by Gail Wozny to Michel Herszak. Michel must be consoled - he will only be satisfied when he is the best in the world.
Most Dedicated - presented by Bruce Copeland to Elke Strohschein
The Volunteer of the Year Award - presented by Dave Embury and Gail Wozny to Dan Nelson. (A gift certificate from Chianti's Restaurant and Cafe is included!!)
The Jim Horner Lap of Honour Award - presented by Gail Wozny to Adam Todd
Long time member Yvonne Harnoth enjoying the afternoon. -
The Hairiest Legs Award is contested in situ - STAND BACK Gail, Ryan MacLean owns the podium on this one!
If Ryan puts these items to use, he will definitely "shave" time.
The evidence for podium ownership.
Cyclocross Award - presented to Nik McGill on behalf of Sidney McGill
Mountain Bike Award - presented to Nik McGill on behalf of Sidney McGill
Track Award presented to Norm Ritter on behalf of Stefan Ritter.
Dave Embury and Gail Wozny present the latest addition for our clubhouse - lifetime member Alex Ongaro's Canada skinsuit from the 1986 Commonwealth Games.
The Argyll Velodrome Association's Board of Director's Scholarship Fund - presented by Erik Oddleifson to Nik McGill on behalf of Sidney McGill.
After telling the story that earned the award, Gail presents a slightly embarrassed Lindsay Herrick Somerset with the Scream Award.
Previously, the LAMP Cup was won by the top LAMP rider. This year, both top Male and Female riders were acknowledged. Congratulations Miri Licis.
Over 70 members enjoyed both the AGM, and Awards Dinner in our very own Juventus Clubhouse! Congratulations to all of our winners, and thanks to all of our attendees.
Craig, Clive, Bruce and Jim planning 2017.