At a glance

The Timaru Herald - - SPORT -

Bill Begg: Roll of hon­our 1963: Started skat­ing at 17 1965: First club se­nior speed cham­pion 1968: At 22 was SC Roller Skat­ing Club pres­i­dent 1970: First over­all se­nior NZ speed cham­pion 1974: In­flu­en­tial in get­ting bank track built in Ti­maru 1976: Cre­ated the ‘‘Tour of Ti­maru’’ 1979: Coach­ing Aus­tralia 1980: Ch­eryl Begg wins first world cham­pi­onship 1980s: Coaches Aus­tralia, Columbia 1990s: Coaches Aus­tralia, Columbia, Ar­gentina 1992: Ocea­nia del­e­gate to World Speed com­mit­tee 2000s: Coaches Switzer­land, Ger­many, In­done­sia 2009: Re­turned to Ti­maru 2009: Started call for new track on Caro­line Bay 2011: New $400,000 track com­pleted 2015: Made a mem­ber of New Zealand Or­der of Merit 2016: Re­ceived his fifth SC ‘Coach of year’ award de­lighted to be recog­nised. ‘‘It’s al­ways good to be ac­knowl­edged. Nice for Ch­eryl too as she has put in the hard yards.’’

Ch­eryl Begg said she was sur­prised and also hon­oured.

‘‘I guess I won’t have to pay club fees any more.’’

Her pas­sion how­ever is the num­ber of young skaters that are turn­ing up. ‘‘It fan­tas­tic to see all the lit­tle ones.’’ Both agreed the life mem­ber­ships wouldn’t change any­thing as it is what they both love.

They are how­ever not the first Begg’s to be hon­oured by the club with three of Bill’s sib­lings, Linda, Ju­dith and Bruce al­ready life mem­bers. ‘‘They kept the club go­ing through the tough times,’’ Bill said.

The South Can­ter­bury Roller Sports Club were re­spon­si­ble for nom­i­nat­ing Begg for the na­tional hon­our. Their ci­ta­tion noted Begg had reached many highs in his ca­reer he still has a pas­sion for coach­ing new skaters, he has used his in­flu­ence to help many young New Zealand skaters over the years, pro­vid­ing and or­gan­is­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion and sup­port.

‘‘Has or­gan­ised spon­sored trips to Asia for 36 skaters on dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions. Bill is also re­spon­si­ble for bring­ing into New Zealand worth­while op­po­nents, at a cost to his fam­ily.

Th­ese in­clude skaters from many coun­tries in­clud­ing France, Ar­gentina, Brazil, In­done­sia, Aus­tralia, Canada, Hong Kong, Sin­ga­pore, Malaysia, In­dia, China, Ja­pan, Czech Repub­lic, Slo­vakia and Switzer­land.’’

Bill Begg still also re­mains in high de­mand over­seas.

At short no­tice next week he heads to In­done­sia to help select their team for the Asian Games. Begg said the pos­i­tive spin-off for Ti­maru was he hoped a num­ber would train for a pe­riod over sum­mer on the Caro­line Bay track.

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