There were winter changes to the Club Committee, with the return of Paul and
Joanne Whitelegg. For the first time in a few years, all Committee members
were pulling together.
Mike Hack secured more than £3,000 funding from the Community Chest,
Brighter Borough Fund, Nine Lives Community Fund and the Rotary Club to buy
six intermediate sized bikes, a CCTV security system, laptop, printer and
camcorder. The club boosted their links with local schools, organisations
and Wigan Leisure Trust. We staged the British Team Finals
Day for the fourth time.
A short film about the club, “The Match”, was
included in the New York Bicycle Film Festival, which was screened at 36
venues worldwide to a global audience of 300,000. The year ended with the
Club winning the Wigan Sports Club of the Year award for the first time.
The 1st team finished 3rd out of 3 teams in the Manchester League Division
1. At junior level, we were 2nd out of 6 teams in the North u-12 qualifying
group and 4th out of 6 teams in the o-12 qualifying group of the British
Youth & Junior League, 5th out of 7 teams in the Northern Junior League and
2nd out of 3 teams in the Manchester League Division 2. We finished 14th out
of 21 competing clubs in the British Club Championship. National highlights
saw us narrowly beaten in the British u-13 Club Final, at Hull, after
winning our semi-final and Adam Phillips’ victory in the British u-13
Individual Final at East Newport. Adam was also the club’s top scorer with
30 points and topped the race averages with 2.50.