2015 has been a strange year for VC Iveagh, many great things were achieved but we also experienced a tragedy that defined a season. One of our major achievements this year was hosting an incredibly successful County Down Time Trail Championships on the Newry-Warrenpoint course, we were honored to bring this old race back to the TT calendar and extremely excited to host such a prestigious event for the County. We even had Hand Cyclist Declan Slevin attempt and ultimately set a new Irish record on this old course renowned for its fast times.
During the course of the day rider after rider set off trying to set personal bests, claim the County Down Championship title or merely take part for the fun of competing in a Time Trail. Unfortunately one well known local rider collapsed shortly after finishing his run, never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead later that evening. Gordon Scott, known to many as Scotty, was a veteran of the local scene, a man with cycling in his blood who had represented Northern Ireland at the commonwealth games in 1982. There is no doubt we could fill a website with stories and achievements about Scotty but one cause he championed was helping support the Autism NI charity, a cause very close to his heart.
From the inception of VC Iveagh it was decided we would host an annual Sportive with money raised from the event going to local charities. This sportive become known as the Iveagh 50 and in its first year the money raised was donated to the REVIVE unit of the Royal Victory Hospital. Having just hosted the Co. Down Champs in July and with the tragedy that occurred it was immediately decided that proceeds of this year’s Iveagh 50 Sportive would go to Autism NI in honor of Gordon Scott, what better way to pay tribute to the great man? Autism NI does amazing work in raising awareness and helping local families deal with autism and we couldn’t have chosen a better charity to promote.
Last night we handed over a £1000 pound cheque to Autism NI, we hope this small gesture is a fitting tribute to the late Gordon Scott and will also help benefit Autism NI in the great work they do. If you or any of your family are dealing with Autism, you are not alone, get in contact with www.autismni.org and they will be more than willing to offer advice, help or just be there for you.