British Cycling celebrates an MBE and an OBE

British Cycling said the two were “central to the re-invention of cycle sport in this country.”

As British Cycling’ President, OBE recipient Brian Cookson has been a key player in the organisation’ revival over the last 10 years. Already a highly respected competitor, international commissaire (referee), regional official and race organiser, Brian took on an altogether more significant role when, in 1996, he led a “rescue operation” to save the organisation (then the British Cycling Federation) from a financial and constitutional crisis. As Chairman, he led a temporary Board and his leadership was central to the stabilization and subsequent re-structuring of the organisation.

Eleven years after the traumatic events of 1996, Brian finds himself at the head of an organisation which has transformed the sport of cycling in the UK, with outstanding performances on the world stage underpinned at home by strong growth in membership and participation.

The organisation’ Chief Executive, Peter King, welcomed the announcement:

“It has been my privilege to work with Brian for all of the 11 years that I have been at British Cycling and I have come to value highly his constant support and wise counsel when there have been difficult decisions to make. His knowledge and understanding of the sport is second to none and his contribution over many years has been immense. Brian was one of those who put his head above the parapet to be a part of the Emergency Committee elected at National Council in 1996 to steer the Federation through the dark days ahead. His steadying hand on the tiller through the turbulent waters of the late nineties was crucial to the survival and re-invention of the Federation.”

“Others from our sport have been honoured as the international successes have come in recent years, but I know that they would all join with me in saying that Brian’s contribution has been pivotal to that success and fundamental to the honours and awards bestowed upon them as they have represented or worked for the re-invigorated British Cycling. As well as chairing the Board throughout all of this period, Brian has represented us at the highest level both Nationally and Internationally as President and our standing has never been higher. It is entirely fitting that Brian should be honoured in this way and I am absolutely delighted for him.”

Reacting to the news, Cookson said:

“I am, of course, absolutely delighted to receive this Honour for services to cycling. Most importantly, I’d like to thank all those who have supported me personally over the years, especially my wife and family.”

“As President of British Cycling since 1996, I feel that this is an award to the whole of the organisation, recognising the amazing progress that we have made over the last decade or so. I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to that success, from the thousands of ordinary members who make our sport work at grass roots level, right through our hard-working voluntary officials, our extremely professional staff, and our brilliant elite performers, whose medal-winning successes are a shining beacon and an inspiration for all of us.”

“I feel privileged to play a role in such a successful era for cycling, and I’m looking forward to a fantastic 2008, when I know we are going to make further strides in developing our sport and delivering successes at every level”.

Eleven years at the heart of the hugely successful GB Cycling Team, as Logistics Manager, as well as spells as National Coach and administrator mark MBE recipient Doug Dailey out as a powerful force for good within the sport of cycling.

A talented cyclist himself, Doug enjoyed a highly successful 26 year career during which he was twice the British Amateur Road Race Champion. He represented Great Britain on numerous occasions, including the 1972 Olympic Games, several Milk Race Tours of Britain and international events throughout the World.

On retiring from competition in 1986, Doug was employed by the British Cycling Federation as National Coach and held this post for a period of 10 years. After a short “retirement”, he came back to work in the post of Logistics Manager, though such is his depth of knowledge and range of skills, he is used in many capacities depending on the day-to-day requirements of the Team. He has been Team Manager for Great Britain and England teams at many events over the years, including 5 Olympics, 4 Commonwealth Games and numerous World Championships.

The knowledge which Doug brings to the current GB Cycling Team comes from many years of hard experience as a competitor, a coach and an administrator. As National Coach in the days when staff numbers and funds were extremely limited, Doug shouldered a huge workload, but he has always his time freely, whenever needed. He was also a strong advocate of the involvement of sports science within the sport and without his efforts it is fair to say that the Federation’ current high standing at National and International levels would not have happened.

Reacting to the announcement, British Cycling’ President, Brian Cookson said:

“I’m particularly pleased about this award to Doug Dailey. Doug has been a superb member of British Cycling’s professional staff in several different roles over many years. As National Coach in the difficult pre-Lottery funding years, Doug nevertheless achieved some great successes, and helped to set the foundations for today’s successful elite programmes. More recently he has been the epitome of our “backroom staff” providing totally reliable logistical and management support for major Games and Championships throughout the world.”

British Cycling’ Chief Executive, Peter King, greeted the announcement:
“Doug is one of the longest serving and most loyal members of the staff team at British Cycling. After an outstanding career as a competitive cyclist he served the Federation well in a number of key roles prior to the advent of the World Class Performance Plan in 1997. Since then he has played an absolutely pivotal role in the success of the GB Cycling Team and has been at the heart of the operation throughout the glory years.”

“While others have taken the medals, the honours and the plaudits, Doug has quietly got on with the job of ensuring that the team was always able to deliver its full potential by ensuring that everything that could be done behind the scenes was done, and done to the highest possible standard. I know I speak for everyone at British Cycling – but particularly for all the medal winners – when I congratulate Doug on a well deserved honour and thank him for everything that he has done for us all.”

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