Trials SA signed off on another successful year with a number of nominations, awards & recognitions at the 2018 MSA Night of Champions, held on November 24th at Titanium Security Arena at Findon.
While an almost full house of 180 saw road racing legend, Bill Horsman inducted into the MSA Hall of Fame, it was in the Rising Star Award and regional Volunteer Award categories that saw SA’s trials community shine brightest!
The MSA Rising Star Award, for riders under 16 years, had a revamp this year, with nominations sought from all disciplines (up to 5), and with such a strong group of juniors here in SA, it was hard to narrow it down to 5, with Haydon Barwick just one of the unlucky ones this year to miss out!
On the night, a finalist was chosen from each discipline before the overall winner was announced, with Lillie Yiatrou chosen as the trials finalist in front of Alex Cowan, Alisha Harry, Joshua & Patrick Hewitt.
Lillie fully deserved being selected a finalist, especially after her efforts at the Australian Championships where she finished 3rd in Open Women, although she missed out on the overall rising Star Award to road racer Declan Carberry, who was a very worthy winner!
The MSA Regional Volunteer Awards are to acknowledge our hard working official, coaches and volunteers, with Tyler Hogan being recognised for all of the work she puts into keeping all fed and watered during Trials SA’s annual pilgrimage to Mungeree, as well as her countless hours officiating and supporting of our junior riders.
Wendy Holmes was also recognised, for all the work she does on behalf of the Keyneton MCC, as well as her catering and scoring efforts at trials events.
Any and all SA riders that either win an Australian Championship, or ride at an International level also are recognised at the Night of Champions, with 2018 Australian Champions, Alisha Harry & Hayden Eardley, as well as our Trials des Nations & Trial2 World Championship rider, Connor Hogan, put under the spotlight as well!
RISING STAR FINALIST (from trials)
RISING STAR NOMINEES
JOSHUA REES - nominated by Trials SA
2nd place, Youth Class, Australian Trial Championships, #2 ranked SA Junior
ALEX COWAN – nominated by Trials SA
2nd place, Open Junior Class, Australian Trial Championships, #1 ranked SA Junior
ALISHA HARRY – nominated by Trials SA
2018 Junior Women 7-U/13 Australian Champion & 3rd SA Open Women Class
LILLIE YIATROU - nominated by Trials SA
3rd place, Open Women Class Australian Trial Champion & SA Open Women Champion
PATRICK HEWITT - nominated by Trials SA
South Australian Champion (senior) C Grade Solo, & #4 ranked SA Junior
REGIONAL VOLUNTEER AWARDS
TYLER HOGAN AJS MTC
For service to Trials SA in relation to the 5 time event of the year at Mungeree her home
WENDY HOLMES Keyneton MCC
For service to the Keyneton MCC, as secretary & comp secretary for most of their events
AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP RECOGNITIONS
ALISHA HARRY Junior Women, 7-U13 Years
HAYDEN EARDLEY Junior 9-U13 years
CONNOR HOGAN TRIALS DES NATIONS & TRIAL2 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Photo: (from left) Hayden Eardley, Alex Cowan & Lillie Yiatrou at the MSA Night of Champions