David gets top award CY­CLING

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

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.”

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