Posted by Editor on 09/16/16
The Dr. Walker Sports Chiropractor Cycling Team, one of Victoria's top cycling teams, is preparing for the 2017 season by looking for talented individuals to train and compete with the team next year. The team will be focusing on Track and Road Cycling, as well as Triathlon and Para-athletes. The team will continue its partnership with Pacific Cycling Centre under the direction of Houshang Amiri - noted National, Olympic, and UCI Coach.
Team owner Dr. Wayne Walker and his organization hope to build on their existing team of 10 talented cyclists between U17 and U23 to compete on Vancouver Island, BC's Lower Mainland and more, nationally and internationally.
"The team had several successes this year. From our para program to our youth program, all the way through to having a few athletes asked to join U23 International teams," said Ryan Arbuckle, Team Manager. "Our youth athletes not only learned how to race and compete at a high level, but they demonstrated great sportsmanship on and off the bike and bonded as a unit. By supporting each other's trials and tribulations throughout of the hardships of racing, and getting through it with a smile, made it very easy for us as management to work with everyone. We can't wait for next season to see where it will take us."
Arbuckle stresses that there will always remain a club component affiliated with the team. Club membership will be open to any athlete wishing to join. However, athletes not chosen for the initial team of 10 will not be able to receive funding through the youth program, but they will still be eligible for the same training and sponsorship deals.
"At Pacific Cycling Centre we always strive for excellence, and want to partner with like-minded individuals who are not just interested, but committed and willing to engage in high performance sport and talent development to help build future Olympians, and make the sport accessible to everyone. We know without such a committed group of people we can't achieve our goals," said Amiri. "At PCC we are fortunate to work with local cycling organizations, and look forward to partnering again with Dr. Walker Sports Chiropractor Cycling again. Our team consists of very talented and young U17-U19 and U23 athletes who are eager to move to the next level, and who are enthusiastic to represent the team and the sponsors during 2017 race season."
The team will announce new and returning sponsors for the upcoming season later in the fall. "Team management are still finalizing new team sponsors and wish to include all of our sponsors at one time, not leaving anyone out," Arbuckle added.
Applicants interested in the U17 - U23 program are invited to send their race resume and a letter of intent by November 6th. The letter should include why they would like to race for the team, their goals for the 2017 season, why they would make a good fit for the team and what they intend to give back to the cycling community. These can be emailed to: Ryan Arbuckle, Team Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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