Bernie Sweetman

Bernard Laurence Sweetman was born 13th December, 1924 in Adelaide.
“Bernie” as he was known to many was a leading S.A amateur cyclist who went on to become S.A State Amateur coach.
At an early age, a Junior Sweetman won the 1939 Scratch race of 3 laps at the Wayville showgrounds and then two big events in 1940, The Derby (40 laps) and the Hughes Wheel race handicap (1-mile). His great riding skills beat all the club champions.
Sweetman was a member of the Henley and Western Districts Club
In 1941 the Henley and Western Districts Club held a 10-miles handicap at Findon (S.A) and Sweetman recorded the fastest time and won the event, followed with more wins in 1942 Sweetman won the 1-mile handicap in a fast, close finish from a field of 22 starters, the race was held at Goodwood Oval (S.A) and double wins at Seaton park (S.A) winning the 4-mile competitions.
One of Sweetmans racing highlights was the 10-mile win at Gleneagles Estate Oval (S.A) in 1947 with a flat tyre, with a not so good conditioned track he managed to win the event by ½ a lap. Other wins consisted of “Aces” scratch race at Goodwood Oval (S.A) in the same year and in superb form went on to win the combined A and B grade scratch events at the Amateur Cyclists Unions Electric Light carnival at Good wood oval in February 1948.
Into the 1950’s Sweetman became SA Amateur coach, he was recognised as one of the cleverest tacticians of cycling, he was a threat to all entrants and continued to show brilliance in all events with further wins at Barossa Wheelrace (S.A) in 1953 and an easy win at the John Leahman Memorial Annual event when he took off from the back with a strong wind to place himself in a comfortable position to take victory.