Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Teenager pips Olympians for major BikeNZ award

Teenager pips Olympians for major BikeNZ award

Teenage mountain biker Anton Cooper beat out cycling’s Olympians to be named 2012 BikeNZ People’s Choice Award winner today, as voted by the New Zealand public.

The 18-year-old from North Canterbury made history earlier this year when he became the first ever UCI cross-country mountain bike World Champion in any age-group from New Zealand.

This performance shot Cooper into the limelight and today, earned him the title of People’s Champion ahead of Olympic medallists Sarah Walker and Simon van Velthooven.

“It’s pretty cool, I guess being voted by the public reflects both sporting ability and also indicates what sort of person you are as well. It’s a pretty cool acknowledgement and a great honour,” said Cooper.

“I think the public is often the truest voting system, rather than a panel of four or five people, so to be recognised by the New Zealand public is really cool.”

It wasn’t all bad for the Olympic cyclists, however, as they snapped up seven of the eight 2012 BikeNZ Rider of the Year awards announced today.

Road riders Jack Bauer (Tasman) and Linda Villumsen (Auckland) won the male and female rider of the year awards in their discipline, following impressive performances in London.

Simon van Velthooven (Manawatu) cashed in on his Olympic bronze medal to win the male track rider of the year, while current Individual Pursuit World Champion Alison Shanks (Dunedin) took the female’s award.

Olympic silver medallist Sarah Walker (Cambridge) was rewarded with female BMX rider of the year, with fellow Olympian Marc Willers (Cambridge) claiming the male’s award.

In mountain bike, it was Olympian Karen Hanlen (Whakatane) who won the female rider of the year award, with Anton Cooper (North Canterbury) adding male rider of the year to his People’s Choice Award.

BikeNZ announced two further awards today, which were judged across all four cycling disciplines.

Teenage road and track rider Sophie Williamson (Central Otago) was crowned Best Emerging Talent in 2012 following a double silver medal haul at the UCI Track World Championships in Invercargill and a fourth placing at the UCI Road World Championships in the Netherlands.

Downhill mountain biker Justin Leov (Dunedin) was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award for his dedication and service to cycling over the past decade. The 28-year-old started racing in 2000 and turned professional just four years later. He races all around the world and is the current National Downhill MTB Champion.

Each of these awards will be presented formally at the four upcoming national championships:
- Elite & U23 Road National Championships (Christchurch) January 10-13
- Mountain Bike National Championships (Rotorua) February 15-17
- BMX National Championships (Waikato) March 29
- Elite & U19 Track National Championships (Invercargill) January 31

For more information on these and other BikeNZ events, visit www.bikenz.org.nz.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Scoop Review Of Books: Trading Places

Greg Clydesdale, a lecturer in business at Lincoln University, has written a comprehensive account of global trade from the seventh century to modern times. More>>

Sheep: Shearing Record Smashed In Hawke’s Bay

Three shearers gathered from around New Zealand have smashed a World record by 264 sheep despite the heat, the pumiced sheep of inland Hawke’s Bay and a year’s wool weighing an average of over 3.5kg a sheep. More>>

ALSO:

Carrie Fisher: Hollywood In-Breeding & The Velocity Of Being - Binoy Kampmark

There was always going to be a good deal of thick drama around Carrie Fisher, by her own confession, a product of Hollywood in-breeding. Her parents, Debbie Reynolds and the crooner Eddie Fisher, provided ample material for the gossip columns in a marriage breakup after Eddie sped away with Elizabeth Taylor. More>>

  • Image: Tracey Nearmy / EPA
  • Gordon Campbell: On The Best Albums Of 2016

    OK, I’m not even going to try and rationalise this surrender to a ‘best of’ listicle. Still…maybe there is an argument for making some semblance of narrative order out of a year that brought us Trump, Brexit and the deaths of Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Alan Vega, who I missed just as much as the Big Three. So without further ado….oh, but first a word from the sponsor More>>

    Emojis: World’s First Māori Emoji App Launched

    It’s here - the world’s first Māori emoji app Emotiki has landed just in time for summer roadtrips and santa stockings, with 200 Māori and Kiwi cultural icons for people to share their kiwiana moments with each other and the world. More>>

    ALSO:

    Howard Davis: Album Of The Year - Van Morrison's 'Keep Me Singing'

    2016 was a grand year for Van The Man - The Belfast Cowboy turned 71, received a knighthood, and reissued an expanded set of soul-fired live recordings from 1973 ('It's Too Late to Stop Now'). In the game for 53 years now, Morrison's albums consistently open new windows into the heart and soul of one of the most enigmatic figures in modern music. More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Culture
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news