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Local Hero Awards

In 2009, Sutton Cycling Club marked its 10th Birthday with a year of ten special events for its young riders, a 10th Birthday Challenge, and the honouring of ten "Local Heroes." Club Secretary Catherine Mahé explained at the time:

"The success of any club depends on its volunteers, and Sutton CC/De Ver Cycles is no exception. We felt that the 10th Birthday AGM would be an ideal opportunity to acknowledge this formally, and publicly thank those who have given up their time and worked so hard for the Club since it was founded in 1999, or have helped in other ways to put it on the map. As "Local Hero" is the name of our Club Newsletter, we decided on the name "Local Hero Awards," and chose ten Local Heroes for this 10th Birthday year. From next year on we will add one Local Hero a year to our roll of honour."

So the first presentations took place at the Club's 10th Birthday AGM on Saturday, 28th February 2009.

2009 - Ten of the Best! Our first Local Heroes were:


Clive Oxx Clive Oxx - Founder
  • Starters Coach 1999-2006
  • Sutton Sports Volunteer of Year 2006
  • Organiser of family rides and events
  • Club Representative on various committees
  • General cyclists' champion
C Law Chris Law - Founder
  • Newsletter Editor 1999-2006
Peter Fordham Peter Fordham - Founder
  • Secretary 1999-2005
  • Coach 1999 till present
  • Race Organiser 1999 till present (Youth Circuit Series races including Town Centre Races 1999/2000/2001)
  • Sutton Primary School Championships now in 4th year
  • Past efforts for road circuit, now supporting BMX track
John Cosstick John Cosstick - Founder
  • Starters Coach 1999-2004
  • Supporter still - cycles to see us at Northey Avenue
Rob Zietz Rob Zietz - Founder
  • Improvers/Touring Group Leader 1999 till present
  • Dealt with Club clothing
Phil Butlin Phil Butlin
  • Improvers/Touring Group Leader 1999-2008
  • Treasurer since March 2002
  • Trainee Level 2 Coach 2008
Moji Arogundade Moji Arogundade
  • Improvers/Touring Group Leader 1999 till present
D Randall David Randall
  • Club Manager for SE Development League 2000-1
  • Sutton LYG Manager 2003-7
  • Gear checker at "our" races
Steve Wright Steve Wright
  • Coach 2003 till present
  • Technical Director 2003 till present
  • Sutton Sports Coach of Year 2005
  • Set up and ran website 2005-7
  • Chairman 2006 till 2009
  • Organiser, Town Centre Races 2007
Joanna Rowsell Joanna Rowsell
  • Club rider 2004-5
  • Club's first National Champion, 2005 Junior Women's Pursuit
  • Since then, numerous National titles on track & road
  • World Champion 2008 - Women's Team Pursuit
  • European U23 Champion, Women's Team Pursuit
  • World Cup Winner 2008-9, Women's Team Pursuit

Sadly, Chris Law, David Randall and Joanna Rowsell were unable to attend the AGM. However, we finally presented Joanna with her Award in September 2012, when she called during a Club morning to show us her Olympic Gold medal!


2010 Local Hero

Anon Graham Degg
  • Parent Helper
  • Raised over £400 in sponsorship for Club by riding the 24-hour mountainbike endurance event, Mountain Mayhem

2011 Local Hero

Julian Julian McGovern
  • Parent Helper 2005 - 2007
  • Adventurers Leader 2006
  • Finalised negotiations for use of Northey Avenue
  • Level 1 Coaching Award 2007
  • Starters Leader 2007
  • Committee Member 2007 till present
  • Level 2 Coaching Award Jan 2009
  • Level 2 Track Coach June 2009
  • Level 2 Ride Leader Award 2010
  • Level 2 Mountainbike Coach 2011
  • Networked at Go-Ride conferences to join with other Go-Ride clubs for MTB / track / BMX
  • Deals with Club clothing
  • Manages the Club&s teams for Go-Ride at Tour of Britain / London League Cyclo-cross
  • Masterminds the ever-popular Club Christmas Lunch

2012 Local Hero

Gavin Gavin Cook
  • Parent Helper 2006 - 2007
  • Level 1 Coaching Award 2007
  • Starters Leader 2007
  • Adventurers Leader 2006
  • Committee Member 2007 till present
  • Obtained hut at Northey and installed the shelving
  • Sutton Sports Coach of the Year 2008
  • Level 2 Coaching Award July 2009
  • Level 2 Disability Coach July 2009
  • Club's Lead Coach for Cyclo-cross 2009 till present
  • Level 2 Mountainbike Coach 2011
  • Organiser, Go-Ride Racing at Active at the Arena, July 2011

2013 Local Hero

Catherine Catherine Mahe
  • Committee Member 2003 till present
  • Membership Sec 2003
  • Go-Ride Club Contact 2004
  • Publicity 2004 till present
  • Secretary (incl Membership) 2005 till present
  • Clubmark accreditation at last! Dec 2006
  • Level 1 Coaching Award 2007
  • National Standard Cyclist Instructor 2007
  • Go-Ride Racing Contact 2010 till present
  • Club Volunteer Co-ordinator 2011 till present
  • Weekly email news to parents since Autumn 2011

2014 Local Hero

Nick Nick Woolven
  • Road coach within Club since 2008
  • Trialled beginners' sessions in road riding techniques at Overton Grange
  • Coach for turbo-training 2008-2013
  • Level 2 Coaching Award Jan 2009
  • Level 2 RTT Coach Sept 2009
  • LB Sutton Cycling Team Manager for London Youth Games 2008-2013
  • Monitors racers' progress and nominates for RSRs
  • Attended RSRs as observer/assistant coach
  • Looks after Club road bikes