Mountain biking continues to rise among the sporting ranks in Armidale with the New England Sports Awards honouring the club and one of its stars.
Katherine Hosking picked up the junior sportsperson of the year award at the presentation last Thursday with fellow clubmates Jack Feltham, Michael Harris and Isabella Hosking listed as finalists. The club was also awarded the overall senior team award for their success on the national stage with seven members holding a current Australian title.
"It is a great honour for the club to be doing as well as we have been doing. We have a really great junior program and it is those juniors that are making us stand out,” club vice-president David Harris said.
The mountain biking in Armidale is a fantastic thing at the moment.
"It is probably thanks to those but also thanks to the adults who put in the time to train and help them.”
The sport continues to grow locally with new tracks built at SportUNE and the club hosting a two national rounds next January.
Harris said the region is becoming the hub for the sport in the country.
"The mountain biking in Armidale is a fantastic thing at the moment. We have just got our Project Kermit and our new trails open and we have been rewarded with a national round,” he said.