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December 20/12 18:09 pm - Feniak Wins Roger Sumner Award

Posted by Editoress on 12/20/12

In addition to our annual CC Awards, Canadian Cyclist is pleased to announce 2012 winner of the Roger Sumner Award for the Best Newcomer.  The Roger Sumner Award is named after Dr Roger Sumner, who passed away in December of 2000 after being struck by a car while riding his bike.  This award is only presented if we feel that there has been a suitable break-through performance by a Canadian rider.

For 2012, Canadian Cyclist has awarded the Roger Sumner Award to Holly Feniak of Sunshine Coast, BC.  Feniak became the Junior Downhill world champion in Leogang, Austria, in September, following in the footsteps of Lauren Rosser (Squamish, BC), who was the last rider to be awarded this award after she won the Junior Downhill world title in 2010, in Mont Ste Anne, Quebec.

Roger Sumner was highly involved in the development of cycling in Canada. He was a founding member of the first B.C. Bicycling Association, now known as Cycling B.C. He worked as a dedicated volunteer for many years, sitting on the Boards of the Provincial and the National Associations. He also contributed to many committees through the years, and realized one of his long time dreams when he became a national champion (Masters Road) in 1996.

An admired coach and respected competitor, Roger participated in numerous competitions as a true ambassador to cycling.  Roger was particularly involved in encouraging the development of new riders.  He was a mentor for many great Canadian cyclists, including Jocelyn Lovell, Alex Stieda, Sara Neil, Ron Hayman and Brian Walton.

Congratulations to Holly Feniak!




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