In­ver­ness cy­clist named Scot­tish cham­pion of the year

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS - BY MICHELLE HEN­DER­SON

A cy­cling ad­vo­cate who has worked tire­lessly to pro­mote op­por­tu­ni­ties for pa­tients and prac­ti­tion­ers across In­ver­ness has been named Cy­cling Cham­pion of the Year.

Michael Heath, has been work­ing with Cairn Med­i­cal Prac­tice in In­ver­ness for some time to pro­vide ad­di­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for keen cy­clists.

He helped to im­ple­ment im­proved fa­cil­i­ties at the prac­tice’s 10 lo­ca­tions but also sought ways for frail and el­derly pa­tients to ex­pe­ri­ence well­be­ing rides and en­cour­age other pa­tients to be­come more ac­tive through the help of trained ride lead­ers.

Scot­land’s four na­tional cy­cling or­gan­i­sa­tions, Cy­cling Scot­land, Cy­cling UK, Scot­tish Cy­cling, and Sus­trans Scot­land, awarded him the ac­co­lade dur­ing the Cy­cling Scot­land an­nual con­fer­ence in recog­ni­tion of his con­tin­ued work in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Mr Heath was pre­sented with the award by Ian Borth­wick, lord provost of Dundee, at a civic re­cep­tion in the city’s Caird Hall.

Suzanne Forup, Head of De­vel­op­ment Scot­land for Cy­cling UK said: “Mick is pas­sion­ate about the ben­e­fits of cy­cling. His bound­less en­thu­si­asm has helped forge remarkable part­ner­ships, and ul­ti­mately touch many peo­ple’s lives.”

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