February 6, 2006 – At the first ever Nanaimo Sports Achievement Awards, Wendy Simms received the honour of being named the Female Individual Athlete of the Year.
As was read prior to the award being presented:
Wendy Simms Mountain Bike and Cyclocross
Wendy Simms started 2005 on a great note placing a (at the time) Canadian high of 12th at the World Cyclocross Championships in January. Wendy was able to continue her good form throughout the season achieving podium finishes at the USGP in Steilacomb and two in Gloucester. After a near miss at the national title (2nd place) she was the only women to beat Lyne Bessette for the top podium position all year at the final USGP event in San Francisco.
Wendy also won two Canada Cup Mountain Bike races as well as finishing a close third in the overall general classification at the Sea Otter Mountain Bike Classic in California this past April.
In addition to being a lab instructor at Malaspina University, Wendy is a constant role model to female athletes. Apart from doing guest lectures on her role in sport, Wendy was instrumental in bringing two B.C. Cyclocross Series races to Nanaimo. Wendy can always be found volunteering her time at various running and cycling events in the community.