Lindhe takes out back-to-back awards

March 15, 2017

Sport stars: Barooga Sports Club direct Steve Cusack with senior award finalists Kim Forge and Travis Lindhe (absent Chris Tomlinson).

Winner: Back to back Senior Sports Star of the Year award winner Travis Lindhe.

Cycling superstar Travis Lindhe has added another accolade to his trophy shelf as the back-to-back winner of the Senior Sports Star of the Year Award.

After the announcement, Lindhe congratulated all the nominees in the senior and junior categories.

He also thanked his clubmates and family for supporting him in his endeavours.

Lindhe said winning the award, especially for the second time, was a great honour.

‘‘When I was a junior, I grew up playing footy and I never thought I’d win something like this,’’ he said.

‘‘Now, to win two is pretty special and I’m pretty stoked.

‘‘I don’t cycle for awards or anything like this, it’s just a bonus to get recognised.’’

In 2016, Lindhe took first place in the World Masters Cup 1000m sprint and second in the World Masters Cup 112km road race, both in Austria.

He placed ninth overall in the Hartberg World Cycling International.

‘‘When I was overseas, I found heart rates and pain I didn’t think I could achieve,’’ he said.

‘‘Training in France and Austria was an incredible challenge and it was hard, but it showed.’’

Back in Australia, Lindhe also placed first in the five-race Shepparton Lake Criterium Series in A-grade, and first in A-grade in the Victorian Veterans Open Division in Benalla over 69km.

In a race with significant meaning for local cyclists, he won the Hume Veterans George Goodwin Memorial with the fastest time, and also set a new course record of 1 hour, 26 minutes and 45 seconds over the 61km road race at Glenrowan.

He was also the Cobram Barooga Cycling Club’s summer and winter champion — winter for the seventh time and summer for the fifth time.

●Other finalists were golfer Chris Tomlinson, who represented Victoria at the Vic versus SA country match and went undefeated at Country Week; and curler Kim Forge, who won gold in the mixed fours at the Australian National Championship and was selected the World Curling Federations Athlete Commission.

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