Brit cycling champ Joanna Rowsell has been invited at guest speaker in 2014 Rochdale Borough Community Sports Awards.
The Middleton based riding star was appointed as MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in New year 2013 Honours for her stellar services to the cycling sport. The 25 year old is the reigning European, World & Olympic champ in team pursuit as well as reigning World & Commonwealth champ in individual pursuit. Lately she has bagged the prestigious Gold at Glasgow.
The Rochdale Borough Community Sports Awards celebrates sporting success & felicitates with several awards in various categories. The most important award categories here are “Coach of the Year”, “Disabled Sports Achiever”, “Club of the Year” Volunteer & Unsung Hero. This year a special award entitled “Changing Lifestyles” recognition would be reportedly extended at the prestigious award ceremony. The winners are going to be nominated for “Greater Manchester Sports Awards” that would be held in the final leg of 2014.
“Link4Life’s yearly sports awards offer us this great opportunity to ensure celebration of success of the individual athletes & to recognize hard work put by several sports clubs & volunteers of Borough. The contribution extended by them has nourished lives of numerous people, irrespective of age. We’re eager to relish a very inspiring evening”, stated Link4Life CEO Gillian Bishop. Link4Life is the organizer of Rochdale Borough Community Sports Awards.
According sources, Rowsell has changed her squad of late. She was previously with Wiggle Honda with whom she is about to finalize her contract at the end of this season and move to her new team Pearl Izumi Sports Tour International next year. She is hopeful that her new contract with UK-based Pearl Izumi would help to prepare her better for the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics.
Pooley Criticizes Brit Cycling For Not Picking Women Riders At Time Trial World
Former British female cycling star Pooley (Emma) has reportedly expressed her fury on Brit Cycling for not picking women riders for World championship time trial. The Olympic 2008 silver medalist is herself a time trial champ from 2010 world championship.
She remarked that albeit she didn’t have chances at her 1st world championships yet the experience actually aided her to bag the win eventually.
The governing body for England’s cycling, British Cycling, recently declared that it’s not on the plan to take up any woman rider as they are somewhat unlikely to reach on the podium in Road World UCI Championships that would be hosted at Ponferrada (Spain), last of September.
“We have decided not to pick anybody into women’s elite time trial race this year since we don’t think we have got the right contender to bid for the medal & we’re obliged to deploy our cycling resources where there are best success opportunities”, stated a spokeswomen from British Cycling.
The very explanation was completely dismissed by retired female star cyclist Emma Pooley. She tweeted that the decision was taken based on simply “poor reasoning.”
Her tweet stressed- “I did not have chances for medal at first Worlds. But the experience helped me immensely later.”
British Cycling replied in response-“We completely agree that it could be a fantastic experience yet our main priority here is to achieve medals & so we require to focus the resource on this only.”
Pooley’s criticism has drawn support from a large number of cycling enthusiasts. “This contains echoes of criticisms from Cooke’s (Nicole) books # very disappointed in British Cycling”, ran a tweet from Alison Kinloch, a rider from PH-MAS team, based in Yorkshire. Cooke, who was an eminent gold winner in 2008 Olympics road race, lambasted BC in her latest autobiography.