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Oppy Medal

Oppy Medal

 

SIR HUBERT OPPERMAN TROPHY AND 'OPPY MEDAL'

The Sir Hubert Opperman Trophy has been presented to the Australian Cyclist of the Year since 1958.  For the years 1958 to 1995 the Award was under the custodianship of the award’s founder Mr Bill Long OAM, a life member of Cycling Australia, and it was presented for the most outstanding Australian 'cyclist of the year'.

Cycling Australia took custodianship of the Award in 1996 and it is now presented to the best all-round performing cyclist each year who also displays a high level of sportsmanship and is an ambassador for the sport of cycling.

 

ABOUT SIR HUBERT OPPERMAN

In an incredible 21-year career, ‘Oppy’ notched up an impressive list of cycling achievements both at home and abroad.  He won the Australian Road Championship in 1924, 1926, 1927 and 1929 and posted the fastest time three times in the Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycle Classic.  Hubert Opperman became the world’s greatest endurance cyclist when he defeated the cream of European endurance riders in the 1931 non-stop 1166 kilometre Paris-Brest-Paris breaking all previous records over the distance.

When the world went to war, ‘Oppy’ hung up his bike and joined the air force. In the post-war years, he served as the Liberal member for Corio for 17 years under Prime Ministers Sir Robert Menzies and Harold Holt.  ‘Oppy’ served with great distinction as Chief Government Whip and later, was elected to Cabinet as Minister for Shipping and Transport 1960-1663, and Minister for Immigration 1963-1966.  In 1967 he became Australia’s first High Commissioner of Malta.

The Honourable Sir Hubert Opperman OBE GCSJ retired from public life in 1972.

 

65 Awardees

Caleb Ewan

Caleb Ewan

Awarded 2019

Cycling Australia

Rohan Dennis

Rohan Dennis

Awarded 2018

Cycling Australia

Michael Matthews

Michael Matthews

Awarded 2017

Cycling Australia

Mathew Hayman

Mathew Hayman

Awarded 2016

Cycling Australia

Rohan Dennis

Rohan Dennis

Awarded 2015

Cycling Australia

Simon Gerrans

Simon Gerrans

Awarded 2014

Cycling Australia

Caroline Buchanan

Caroline Buchanan

Awarded 2013

Cycling Australia

Anna Meares

Anna Meares

Awarded 2012

Cycling Australia

Cadel Evans

Cadel Evans

Awarded 2011

Cycling Australia

Cameron Meyer

Cameron Meyer

Awarded 2010

Cycling Australia

Cadel Evans

Cadel Evans

Awarded 2009

Cycling Australia

Anna Meares

Anna Meares

Awarded 2008

Cycling Australia

Cadel Evans

Cadel Evans

Awarded 2007

Cycling Australia

Cadel Evans

Cadel Evans

Awarded 2006

Cycling Australia

Robbie McEwen

Robbie McEwen

Awarded 2005

Cycling Australia

Ryan Bayley

Ryan Bayley

Awarded 2004

Cycling Australia

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