2011 AGM

Westport Covey Wheelers CC AGM
25th October 2011
The Wyatt Hotel

Election of Committee:

Honorary President: Mickey Palmer
Chairman: Michael Brady
Secretary: Oliver Whyte
Treasurer: Pat Joe O’Connell
Youth Officer: Martin McNally
Race Officer: Robert Conway
Leisure Cycle Officer: John Lenehan
Mountain Biking Officer: Colm Staunton
Child Protection Officer: Eithne Doherty
Public Relations Officer: Keith O’Connell
Web Officer: Colin Kelly
Technical Officer: Ray Staunton
Committee Member Lady’s Rep: Noreen O’Toole
Committee Member Race Organiser: Tom Bourke
Committee Member: Martin Ayres

New Chairman’s Address:

Michael Brady said he was honoured with his new position and noted the great enthusiasm within the club. The stated the importance of openness to suggestions within the club.

Proposal’s from the floor:

Mountain Bike Event, Stephen’s Day, Rear of Croagh Patrick. [Martin McNally]
There was some concern that there may be insufficient interest in mountain biking within the club. It was agreed that it could be successful and that the event should go ahead.

New ideas for the Website [John Lenehan]
These should be submitted to the new website administrator Colin Kelly.

Concern regarding insufficient capacity at spinning classes [Pat Joe O’Connell]
It was suggested that participants who paid in full may get priority to positions at classes. It was generally thought that this was not practical. Michael Brady suggested that an extra class could occur.

Additional Weight Training/Circuit Training Session [Pat Joe O’Connell]
Interest was expressed by a good proportion of attendees. Martin McNally suggested that a special rate could be obtained from the Castlecourt Hotel gym or that a separate room in the hotel could be acquired. It was suggested that further research into this session would be needed, possibly at spinning classes.

Race travel expenses [Robbie Flynn]
Robbie Flynn said that the majority of clubs have a mechanism of funding race participants especially for long distance events. Michael Brady was of the opinion that race participants would need to show merit/perform to avail of this if it were feasible.

Additional Club Exposure [Oliver Whyte]
A feature in the Mayo News was suggested, which would include club photos and member profiles. Noel Brady suggested a club photo similar to other clubs during the Sunday outing in club kit. Martin McNally suggested a photo at specific landmarks (St Patrick Statue). An exact day was debated, but it was decided a trial this Sunday 30/10/2011 would be attempted and further photos could be taken at a later time if required. Oliver Whyte suggested more presence in the St. Patrick day’s parade. Stephen Brehony said that this may not be possible as there is racing on this day also. Michael Brady said that the race could occur the following day and that the club presence should include a more fun element.

Additional Membership Recruitment [Joe Brown]
Recruiting more hybrid/leisure members was suggested.

Coaching Course [Stephen Brehony]
It was suggested club members attend the upcoming coaching course. John Lenehan and Keith O’Connell will attend this.

Training Camps [Stephen Brehony]
The training camp with the Western Lakes CC was discussed. Noel Brady will organise this. Colm Staunton is also planning a training camp in February.

Cycling Ireland licenses [Martin McNally]
Due the end of November. The forms for the licenses are on the Cycling Ireland website. Race calendar entries must be submitted by the 29/10/2011.

The McNally Cup [Stephen Brehony]
The race should remain a standalone club race with no points awarded.

Fun Race [Michael Brady]
There should be a race in Westport town, a fun event which would be a sprint up town.

Club Race Objectives [Oliver Whyte]
It was asked what races the club would like to perform well in. Michael Brady said there was a major race each month to choose.