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Joanna comes to Northey!

Olympic Champion and former Club member Joanna Rowsell made a surprise visit to the Club on Saturday 22nd September and was soon surrounded by dozens of excited children (not to mention coaches and parents) eager to ask questions and see her Gold medal. (Although she had been out on a three-hour training ride before coming to see us) Joanna had popped home to fetch the medal.)

She then presented five members with red wristbands for achieving the endurance element of Level 2 of the Club's Award Scheme.

In her turn she was presented with the actual certificate for her Local Hero Award, made in the Club's 10th birthday year. Her busy training and competition schedule had clashed with more formal opportunities to do this, such as AGMs.

Joanna was then kind enought to spend the rest of the session signing autographs and posing for photographs with the children.

Secretary Catherine Mahé said later that she felt the phemomenal increase in newcomers to the Club, particularly girls, was the result not only of the general Olympic effect, but also of a more local "Joanna effect."

Joanna Rowsell and medals Joanna Rowsell in crowd

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