Board would be point of honour Per­sonal quest to recog­nise those who played key roles in cy­cling club’s glo­ri­ous his­tory

The Riverine Herald - - LOCAL CLASSIES - By An­drew John­ston

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

Sit­thixay Dit­thavong

FROM THE ASHES: Danielle Gar­den ex­am­ines the dam­age after the 2016 fire that tore through the Echuca Moama Cy­cling Club. Photo:

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