The Henk Vogels Cycling Foundation is now online at www.hvcf.com.au. The Foundation was created in 2002 to provide promising elite, disadvantaged and disabled Western Australian cyclists with funds to prepare for and compete in national or international cycling competitions, so that they are given an opportunity to make a mark on the cycling world and achieve the levels attained by Henk Vogels.
In February this year, junior athletes sponsored by the Foundation had a very successful Australian Championships, with Scott Sunderland winning three gold medals; Duane Johanssen won gold as part of the record breaking team pursuit team; and Cameron Meyer won four gold and one silver in an amazing performance, including a very fast time of 3:19 for the 3000m individual pursuit.
In 2006 one of the projects of the Foundation is to provide equipment to members of the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) Talent Identification Squad. This will allow junior athletes identified as having above average talent the opportunity to explore the sport of competitive cycling further, without being disadvantaged by their socio-economic background.
The Foundation will be launching a major fundraising event later in the year to provide a bigger budget for its sponsorships.