For­mer National Track Coach Des Dickie Passes Away

Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front -

On April 13, Em­manuel Des­mond “Des” Dickie, 72, for­mer Cana­dian National Team track coach dur­ing the 1980s and 1990s, passed away at his home in Bramp­ton, Ont.

Born in Palo Seco, Trinidad and Tobago, Dickie im­mi­grated to Canada when he was 22, first work­ing at CN Rail, then be­gan his 30-year ca­reer as a com­pet­i­tive track-cy­cling coach in the late 1970s. Dickie’s de­ceased brother, Ron­ald, was a for­mer ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber of the Trinidad and Tobago Cy­cling Fed­er­a­tion.

Dickie coached such top Cana­dian track rid­ers as Olympians Curt Har­nett, Brian Wal­ton, who both won Games medals, and Tanya Dub­ni­coff, who won a title at the Track World Cham­pi­onships.

“A jour­ney that started over 37 years ago with a sim­ple hand­shake has come to an end. Desi, thank you for teach­ing me how to eat over­cooked liver and onions with proper pep­per sauce, how to use our ‘nine lives’ to their fullest, and how to ap­ply Tu­dor Bumpa’s

‘Pe­ri­odiza­tion Train­ing for Sports’ to suit our needs. The jour­neys, mem­o­ries and sto­ries we shared from our hum­ble be­gin­nings live with me ev­ery day. RIP my man. Good luck on your next ad­ven­ture,” wrote Har­nett on his Facebook page.

Dur­ing the mid-1990s, Dickie was charged with two counts of sex­ual mis­con­duct, but was ac­quit­ted. Fol­low­ing his ter­mi­na­tion as a re­sult of the charges, he won a wrong­ful dis­missal suit against the Cana­dian Cy­cling As­so­ci­a­tion.

Dickie moved to the U.S., where he be­gan work­ing with USA Cy­cling and later re­turned home to work with the Trinidad and Tobago Cy­cling Fed­er­a­tion.

He is sur­vived by wife, Lynda; daugh­ter, Tanya; son, Cory (Cas­san­dra); and grand­chil­dren Patrick and Brodi.

Pedal joins the cy­cling com­mu­nity in send­ing con­do­lences to Dickie’s fam­ily and friends.

Des Dickie, for­mer national team track coach.

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