A fundraising dinner held at the Criterion Hotel in Waimate for New Zealand Junior cycling representative Holly Edmondston proved a resounding success, with $3000 raised.
The funding was required to assist Edmondston’s travel costs to Korea for the Junior World Track Cycling Championships.
Supporters from Timaru and Oamaru joined in with those from Waimate.
Guest speaker Dr Steve Fish gave a speech on his involvement in cycling, including his time as the team doctor for British Performance Cycling.
The former St Kevin’s College student said she was pleased with the amount of support she received.
“There were so many people. It was really good. It was great to see all my supporters.”
A tribute was also made to cycling stalwart Geoff Lienert for his contribution towards Edmondston’s career as a cyclist to date.
Edmonston said Lienert’s guidance had benefited her hugely.
“He’s always been there to offer guidance. It’s great to have his advice,” said Edmonston.
The 17-year-old said her training had run smoothly and she was now looking forward to performing well next month.
“I’m pretty eager to get over there. You’ve just got to know that this is what you’ve been working for.”
Edmondston will compete in multiple events from July 1-12 in Korea at the Junior World Track Championships.
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: SUPPLIED – Holly Edmonston (centre) winning the under-19 Womens Road Nationals in Cambridge.