John Osborne awarded meritorious medal for contribution to cycling

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30 Nov 2018 Cycling Australia

At Cycling Australia’s recent annual general meeting, Queensland’s John Osborne was awarded the meritorious medal for his services to cycling.

Cycling Australia would like to congratulate John Osbourne (OAM) on being awarded the Cycling Australia Meritorious Service Medal.

The award is one of the most prestigious accolades for members of the cycling community in Australia who have served and contributed to the sport for more than 12 years.

John’s outstanding commitment and contribution to our sport has spanned almost four continuous decades and he now becomes the first Queenslander to be awarded the medal in almost 40 years.

John started giving back to the sport he loves in the early 1970’s as the head coach and manager of the Queensland State Team, roles that he held until 1980.

He was the event director of the Queensland School Boys Championships for 14 years and was appointed to the Queensland Amateur Cyclists Association Council in 1974.

This latest achievement adds to an already impressive resume for John who has been recognised for his dedication to Cycling in Queensland with a hat-trick of life achievement awards.

In 1978 he was awarded life membership of the Toowoomba City Amateur Wheelers, now known as the Toowoomba Cycling Club and in 1997 was made a life member of Cycling Queensland.

In 2016 John received a bar to his life membership with Cycling Queensland.

John has also served as a director on the Cycling Queensland board for multiple terms for more than ten years.

Despite the recognition John has received for his excellent work within the sport of cycling in Australia this award holds a special place in his heart, and the ever humble Osborne is grateful for all the support he has received from his peers over the years.

“The award is put forward by Cycling Australia and then has to be endorsed by each of the sport’s state governing bodies,” Osborne said.

“I was aware of the award and its significance but to actually receive it has totally blown me away.

“It’s the ultimate recognition of service and I find it both humbling and a great honour.

But this belongs to the people within this sport who have supported me for so long, as much as it does to me.” He said.

In addition to all the great work John has done for Cycling Queensland, he has also served as tour director of the Tour of Toowoomba between 2010 and 2015, event director of the Oceania Road Championships in 1977, 2014 and 2015 and pioneered Australia’s first Festival of Cycling with the event staged in Toowoomba during the late 1970’s.

John continues to support and elevate the great sport of cycling through donations and volunteering his valuable time and expertise to try and better the sport in every way possible.

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