Sports Hall of Fame Inductees
Ronald Cheatley (1948 – )
Inducted into the Wanganui Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
The most successful coach in New Zealand cycling with 92 international medals, including 32 victories and 85 national titles over a 21 year period.
New Zealand Coach of the Year in 1989/90 and 1998 and awarded an MBE in the 1991 New Zealand Honours. Also awarded the New Zealand Commemorative Medal in 1990.
Coached New Zealand riders at four Olympic Games (1984-88-92-2000) and was also named coach for the boycotted 1980 Moscow Olympics. Coached Gary Anderson to win New Zealand’s first Olympic cycling medal when third in the pursuit at Barcelona in 1992.
In seven world championships his riders won a gold, two silver and one bronze medal and at six World Cup meetings there were five victories, five silvers and 11 bronze medals.
At four Commonwealth Games (1982 until 1998) the record was six titles, six seconds and 10 third placings.
In five Oceania championships there were 20 elite victories, 15 second placings and nine bronze medals.
Cheatley’s overall international record at elite level comprised 32 wins, 28 silver medals and 32 third placings.
He has served on numerous national committees and is a Life Member of Cycling New Zealand.