Tamworth Cycle Club: Board set to vote for new president

CHANGE OF LEAD: Mark Stewart, pictured in black, will be replaced as president of the Tamworth Cycle Club when the board holds a vote on May 2.

CHANGE OF LEAD: Mark Stewart, pictured in black, will be replaced as president of the Tamworth Cycle Club when the board holds a vote on May 2.

Expressions of interest for the Tamworth Cycle Club presidency closed yesterday afternoon, with the vote to decide who replaces the highly regarded Mark Stewart set for the May 2 board meeting.

TCC board member Min McDonald said the board would talk to the candidates over the next fortnight before the vote.

“We’ve had some [interest in the job], we’ve had discussions with some people and we’re very excited about the possibilities,” she said.

Whoever lands the voluntary job will take the reins of an organisation that believes it is headed in the right direction.

McDonald heaped praise on Stewart for the work he has done – firstly as secretary of the club for 12 months and then as president for six months.

She said his replacement would be a leader with a team-focused attitude who was a contributing club member and supportive of the direction the board under Stewart had established for the organisation.

She said the main brief of the new president would be to make the club “more accessible and inviting” to cyclists of every level, including elite riders.

Stewart steps down on Saturday, with his deputy Jeremy Bartlett to serve as acting president until the May 2 vote.

McDonald said she was unaware if Bartlett had applied to replace Stewart permanently.

“He is a national champion track cyclist and has done a great job with Mark over the past two years … and all the board feels the same,” she said.

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