A couple of years ago one of the most accomplished cycling coaches in Australia retired to our region. Merv McDonald’s contributions to youth and sport have earned him much respect and many awards, not the least of which is an Order of Australia Medal. Merv’s DNA has held up well with his son, Warren, returning from Beijing where he was the head coach of the Australian Womens Road Team.
Last weekend our cycling club yet again reaped the benefit of Merv’s invaluable contribution. 6 teams of juniors competed in the Queensland Team Time Trial Championships. Those 6 teams came away from the weekend with 3 gold and 1 bronze medal. The other 2 teams also put in strong performances finishing 4th and 6th in their respective divisions.
The club also fielded 2 adult teams resulting in a silver medal for a team who last year suffered a 4th place where they missed the bronze medal by less than 10 seconds. The second team of adults fell victim to redneckitis – some hillbillies decided it would be funny to scatter tacks on the course.
2 of the adult medallists still have their tails between their legs after being overshadowed by their own offspring.
Just a reminder my surname is Leask… now read the results.
Results, Queensland Team Time Trial Championship, Laidley, 28 September 2008.
1st Sunshine Coast (Rory Bown, Liam Clarke, Henry Parkin, Zac Leask)
1st Sunshine Coast (Daniel Fitter, Sean Grimes, Jacob Rowney, Jack Jude)
4th Sunshine Coast (Emil Vejby, Karl Strohfeldt, Alec Woodward, Aaron Clarke)
1st Sunshine Coast (Brendan Hill, Nick Schultz, Seb Vejby, Matt Scriven)
3rd Sunshine Coast (Ryan Cavanagh, Zac Brown, Jack Tait, Sam Blake)
6th Sunshine Coast (Thom Adcock, Mandy Holcombe, Lewis Neville, Aidan Leask)
DNF-puncture (John Greenhalgh, Lex Greenhalgh, Stuart Greenhalgh, Rigby Doherty)
2nd (Mark Bown, David Wighton, Ross Blumel, David Gillow)
U11s (from left, Henry Parkin, Zac Leask, Liam Clarke, Rory Bown) receive final instructions from race officials – 10m2s away from victory.
U15s (from left, Aidan Leask, Mandy Holcombe, Lewis Neville, Thom Adcock) warm up under the club tent. For 3 of the 4 it was their first state championship and they rode to an admirable 6th place, only 2m30s behind the bronze medal team.
The junior team with their coach.
Merv and Gwen McDonald proudly displaying some of the medals earned by his team of junior cyclists.