Ulster Cycling News
10Feb/150

Congratulations to all our New Trainee Commissaires

aCycling Ulster funded a very successful Commissaire training course at the weekend. The course which took place over Saturday and Sunday was delivered by Paul and Jack Watson of the College of Commissaires.

There were eighteen people in attendance including two women. Not all the participants were from Ulster as five of them were from Leinster or Connacht.

There was good mixture of people from those who have just become involved in cycling to others such as James McLaughlin of Island Wheelers and Thomas (Tosh ) Lavery of Leinster who have been involved in race promotion for many years.

It was good to see Jim Maguire of Errigal taking part and he was able to claim to be the oldest person taking the course. He feels it will be invaluable to him in his work with Youth.

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Many participants wanted to take the course simply to become better informed themselves and be able to go back and help in their club  and inter club events while others were involved in youth and junior racing.

The course was very interesting and all the participants began to relax as Paul explained the rules. The attendees had many relevant questions to ask and both Paul and Jack were very patient and thorough in their answers.

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The final part of the course was a written one hour exam about which many were nervous. One person told me that no one knew that she was taking the course as she was not sure how she would get on. However they need not have worried as there was a 100% pass rate.

One participant said, "I thoroughly enjoyed the whole weekend which I had not expected to do. Cycling Ulster. through Aaron Wallace and Tommy and Marian Lamb, put on an excellent show and looked after us really well. It is a bonus to pass and I and delighted."

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Speaking to Jack Watson afterwards he said, "I am very pleased that they all passed. We were not easy on them and while there were a few of the scenario questions which were not answered fully by some, in the main everyone used common sense and the knowledge of the rules that they had picked up answer the questions correctly. Gary McIlroy, Secretary of the College of Commissaires will provide additional feedback for the trainees. They just need to get out there now, gain experience and learn from others."

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The course was held in the White River Hotel in Toome and we cannot thank the staff there enough for their fantastic welcome all weekend. From the morning coffee and scones through to the delicious lunch everyone was well fed.

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On behalf of Cycling Ulster Executive I would like to thank Aaron Wallace for liaising with  the participants and course tutors. I would also like to thank Paul and Jack Watson for giving of their time and the professional manner is which they acted and finally a big congratulations to all our new trainee commissaires. Hopefully we will see them at the races in the coming weeks.

8Eddie Campbell,     Annagh Wheelers
Stephen Enright,     Garda CC
Ronan Fox,     Unattached Leinster
Thomas Lavery,     Unattached Leinster
Jean Patricia McGinley,  Strabane Lifford
Helen Sinnott,     Wexford Wheelers
Jim Maguire,     Errigal CC
James McLaughlin,     Island Wheelers
Andrew Wills,     Ballymena CRC
Jim  Adams,     East Antrim CC
Gabriel Bell,     Emyvale CC
Bryan Gaffney,     Sheelin Flyers
Kevin Hughes,     Clogher Valley
Mark Lamb,     Phoenix CC
Thomas  McCague,     Emyvale CC
Peter  McGrattan     Phoenix CC
Gareth Rafferty    Island Wheelers
Dennis Ward       Shimna Wheelers

Marian Lamb

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