Friday, 4 October 2019

Meeting William Newman of the African Cycling Confederation in Kings X

Monday 23rd September - a delegation from CC Hackney (CCH) held a meeting in Kings Cross with previous club contact and friend William Newman. William is the track development officer of the African Cycling Confederation. From Cape Town South Africa, our man was in UK for the UCI World Cycling Championships in Harrogate Yorkshire. 
Essentially we spoke about how CCH is continuing the enduring project to bring on change towards a more diverse and representative cycling scene here in East London. William encouraged CCH to keep up the good work and noted that he and his team are keen to help things along here, fast tracking when necessary! 
One of the key discussion points was the live prospect of forming an international training camp to follow up on the work done by Nigeria's Jason Butler and more recently Ghana's Mani Arthur. *Dreaming of creating a vibrant training camp here in London, one in which riders of the world can prepare to represent their nation of heritage at elite level tournaments: Such as the Junior World Track Championships Cairo Egypt 2020, Youth Olympics Dakkar Senegal 2022, Commonwealth Games Birmingham England 2022 and the senior Olympic Games. 
By the end of our talk William had pledged to keep up his support for this progressive aspect and is looking forward to working more closely with CCH towards positive outcomes all the way.
Clockwise - Ben Shaw, Keir Apperley, Ricardo Johnson, Azra Ali & William Newman

Marques Mendes (Federacao Cabo-verdinia de Cicllsmo) with William on the train to Harrogate
Keir & Ricardo - by Harrogate's finish line

“only those who dream will someday see their dreams become reality”

Che Guevara

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