Board would be point of honour Personal quest to recognise those who played key roles in cycling club’s glorious history
WHEN a club dates back as far as 1869, there is an incredible story to it.
Records, books, photos, trophies, all to be displayed.
But not every organisation out there has those.
Worse still is when they have been lost to arson.
It’s the position that the Echuca Moama Cycling Club is in.
But they are desperate to rectify it — and soon.
The club is planning for a reunion in April 2019 at the Moama Velodrome, and wants to welcome back as many former members of the club as possible.
But they also want to have a proper way to honour the past of their club, with the introduction of an honour board.
The board has become a personal project of Corrina Jeffreys, who has already uncovered a great deal of the story.
‘‘I’ve been able to trace elements of our history back to 1869, but it’s obviously pretty difficult to find details from that period of time,’’ Jeffreys said.
Jeffreys has been able to put together elements of an honour board from the mid 1920s, though the board won’t reflect that.
‘‘The club formally became the Echuca Moama Cycling Club from 1988, so the board will be displaying those years of information on the board.
‘‘However we would like to have as much information and history of the club that we can put on display on the night for those who make it to our reunion.’’
A lot of the information was lost in the 2016 fire that destroyed a large part of the cycling club.
‘‘It’s very difficult when you lose parts of your history like that,’’ she said.
‘‘A lot of our story was in that information, so to lose that is very tough on our club.’’
The club is desperate to find the information of president, secretary and treasurer for the 1950s and 1960s, and would also love to receive any memorabilia from the era, such as the original Echuca Cycling Club uniform (both jersey and knicks), or other items like blazers and bikes. But completing the honour board is most important.
‘‘This club dates back to the 1860s, and yet somehow we have never had an honour board to display.
‘‘To show our respect for those who have worked to build the club into what it is in 2018 would be incredible, especially to those who have been members for a long time and have seen what we have been able to become.’’
Any other club history information would be warmly received by the club.
‘‘I think being able to find a way to really tell the story of the club is very important,’’ Jeffreys said. ‘‘It would complete our club.’’
■ If you would be interested in attending the reunion, please contact Corrina Jeffreys on 0427 530 118 or email at jef[email protected]pond.com
FROM THE ASHES: Danielle Garden examines the damage after the 2016 fire that tore through the Echuca Moama Cycling Club. Photo: