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

 


Sold out crowd wowed by royals and sporting skill on show

Sold out crowd wowed by royals and sporting skill on show


Photography by Woolf Crown Copyright

New Zealand’s National Cycling Centre of Excellence, the Avantidrome, was officially opened on Saturday 12 April by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in front of a full house of more than 1500 guests including the Prime Minister and Olympians.

The celebrations began with a welcome from the Home of Cycling’s Chairman Simon Perry, who thanked all contributors, national and local, public and private, who assisted with bringing the four year project and 28.5m world class facility to life, saying that it “put Cambridge and the Waikato on the map” within the sporting arena.

Retired Olympic track cyclist and gold medallist Sarah Ulmer led the royals into the Avantidrome, where they were greeted with loud cheering from guests.
Prince William was glad to attend and open the new world class facility.
"It's a great pleasure for Catherine and me to be here to pay tribute to New Zealand's cycling heritage and cycling future. I know what a special place cycling holds for New Zealanders."

He said the Avantidrome “represented cycling's pinnacle” and would no doubt assist with producing more world class champions and Olympic medallists for New Zealand in the future.

He formally opened the facility together with Kate, by pulling open a red curtain to unveil a plaque.

Prince William also got involved in the opening celebrations by starting the team sprint race, which included the current world champions donning their rainbow jerseys; Sam Webster, Ethan Mitchell and Eddie Dawkins against fellow elite New Zealand cyclists.

The crowd counted down and Prince William fired the starter gun to further cheers from guests.

The royals also mingled with London Olympic gold medallists, Mahe Drysdale, Hamish Bond, Eric Murray, Joseph Sullivan, Nathan Cohen and Lisa Carrington. They also talked through various sporting equipment that was on display.

John Struthers, Avanti founder, presented one of Avanti’s popular children’s bikes as well as a bespoke designer mini cycling jersey to the royals for Prince George in order to celebrate his inaugural visit to New Zealand.

“Avanti is honoured to be presenting the Lil Ripper to the Royal family and we’re sure, as with all new parents, it will be exciting for the Duke and Duchess to see their son riding his first bike. We understand a child’s first bike has always been a significant event in any family, John says.”

The Avantidrome is an international-standard 250 metre indoor track which will provide New Zealand’s cyclists with the best possible training environment here at home. It’s part of a network of world-class facilities that the Government has invested in over the last four years in its effort to take high performance sport in this country to a new level.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
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>>

    Review: The NZSO Performs Handel's Messiah

    Max Rashbrooke: Saturday night's performance took the piece back to something like the way it would have originally been performed when premiered in 1742, with an orchestra of 20-30 players and only a few more singers. More>>

    Culture: Rare Hundertwasser Conservation Posters Found After 40 Years

    When Jan and Arnold Heine put a roll of conservation posters into storage in 1974 they had no idea that 42 years later they would be collectors items. More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Culture
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news