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PacificSport National Cycling Centre Celebrates A Year of Champions and Rising Stars

November 23, 2002

In a year when Canadian cyclists were heralded as the champions of the road, velodrome and mountain bike tracks, winning 15 medals at World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Pan American Championships, nine of those amazing performances were from PacificSport National Cycling Centre athletes, many of whom were honoured at the 2002 PacificSport National Cycling Centre Awards Gala tonight in Victoria.

Local hero Roland Green won the Overall Elite Male award after a season where he defended his World Championship title and helped put CanadaısRelay Team on the gold medal podium at the World Mountain Bike Championships, a team that also featured PacificSport teammates Ryder Hesjedal (Victoria) , Alison Sydor (Victoria) and Max Plaxton (Tofino, BC)

Hesjedal was also a repeat winner, taking the Overall U23 Award for his bronze medal at the World Championships in Espoir, his first World Cup win and Overall World Cup Espoir title. The Overall Elite womenıs award went to Alison Sydor who continues to perform in the Worldıs top five internationally and proved her mettle on the gold-medal Relay Team.

Other award winners were:

* Overall Junior - Ryan McNamara (Victoria)
* Most Promising Male ­ Ian Condron (Victoria)
* Most Promising Female ­ Kiara Bisaro (Courtenay, BC)
* Fair Play Male ­ Tony Zarsadias (Victoria)
* Fair Play Female ­ Trish Sinclair (Victoria)
* Ambassador to PacificSport ­ Erin Carter (Victoria)
* Corporate Awards ­ Saunders Subaru, CFAX/B107.3

There are over 58 full-time athletes in the PacificSport National Cycling Centre, one of six national training centers (athletics, cycling, rowing, rugby, swimming, triathlon) and nine regional training centers (badminton, canoe-kayak, curling, cycling, diving, field hockey, swimming, synchronized swimming, tennis) at the PacificSport Canadian Sport Centre Victoria. The centre is one of eight Canadian Sport Centres, including Atlantic, Calgary, >Montréal, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Vancouver.

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