Vale Tom Wills
We regret the passing of a much respected and admired Waratah member' Tom Wills' at the age of 74 on 22 April. Tom was still riding, racing and winning until recently despite battling secondary cancer. Tributes have poured in for the rider and the gentleman. Club mate Robert Hampshire said his friend had not only taught him to race, but how to win. "He was a prolific winner," he said, "but he was a good man and mate as well." Son of a dairy farmer, Wills became a professional bike racer at the tender age of 16, in the days when pros and amateurs did not mix. That put paid to any chances of riding for his country at Olympics and the like, but he nevertheless had a successful career racing both at home and overseas. He took time off to get married and have a family (he is survived by five children and 10 grandchildren - two of who are reportedly boxing national champions) and became interested in pigeon racing. The lure of the bike saw him return to cycling in 1980, joining St George and then Waratah Masters, for whom he raced on the road and track. Unfortunately he developed cancer seven years ago and fought a brave battle. "He continued to race, placing second overall at the nationals in September 2012 when he had widespread secondaries. He shouldn’t have even been walking let alone racing", said his mate Robert. Tom sold his home at Westmead a few years ago and moved closer to family near Lake Macquarie. Tom had a fall and fractured a bone a few days ago, was admitted to Wyong Hospital but died 12 hours later. The funeral will be held late next week near Toukley. We offer our thoughts and sympathies to all Tom's family and friends.
Race Results - Sunday 20 April
The results of our age based race held Sunday April 20 were: M1+2 - Matt Smithson; M3+4 - Allan Trisna; M5+6 - Geoff Baxter; M7+8 - Michael Hunt; M9+10 - Richard Spinks. Congratulations to all winners and place getters. Full results can be seen on the attached.
Waratah Masters racing results
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|1st Place||2nd Place||3rd Place|
|Grade A||Daniel Brickell||Peter Milostic||Mark Crawford|
|Grade B||Keith Bennett||Andrew Matthews||Steve Hall|
|Grade C||Rodney Butchers||Argiris Jerry Kalogeropoulos||Rob Bolger|
|Grade D||Peter Skamperle||Mark Hind||Denis Sullivan|
|Grade E||Debbi Henniker||Barry Robins|
About the Waratah Masters Cycling Club
This is the Waratah Masters Cycling Club, the only cycling club in Sydney catering exclusively for Masters cycling. We hold regular Sunday morning races for men and women over the age of 30 in a spirit of friendly competition. We race in five grades to suit ability not age and cater for all abilities from the beginner to the world champion.
Sunday races are held on closed racing circuits at Eastern Creek Raceway, Eastern Creek Dragway, Sydney Olympic Park Homebush and Lansdowne Park. This choice of circuits allows us to run a variety of races to suit all cycling abilities.
Waratah Masters provides safe and enjoyable racing for all grades of Masters riders. More on the Waratah Masters Cycling Club >