David gets top award CYCLING
HILLINGDON Slipstreamers’ David George has been named Coach of the Year at the Hillingdon Sports Awards.
A level 3 cycling coach George (pictured) has helped the club go from strength to strength, a task made all the more difficult following the passing of club founder and president, Brian Wright, two years ago.
Having taken on the role of head coach, he liaises with all the regional and national coaches at British Cycling, attends numerous meetings, keeps up with all the latest material from the governing body and steers the children towards their individual goals at whatever level they are striving for.
He also has to co-ordinate a team of 37 coaches and 16 coaching volunteers, as well as 11 young volunteers, and has organised all of the club championships, judged numerous races throughout the year and acted as chief judge at the club’s round of the national event they hosted last year.
The pinnacle of his success has been the club’s first winner of the Schools National Time Trial through Sam Henning, who got into cycling very late. George coached Sam for just a year and half from no cycling skills to national champion.
A club spokesman said: “Dave helps all Slipstreamers as individuals, should they wish to do so, working out each of their cycling pathways. As a consequence, Slipstreamers have had some amazing results with wins at regional and national level this year.
“We now have 10 places on offer at the Regional School of Racing, which is unprecedented. It has culminated in three Slipstreamers being offered ODA Olympic Development Apprentices.
“Dave should take great pride in his achievements as this is a first for the club, to have three members simultaneously in what is in effect the GB U16s squad. He is an inspiration to all of us.”