British Cycling women’s endurance coach Paul Manning received a High-Performance Coach award at the annual UK Coaching Awards in London on Tuesday evening.
Manning was one of four coaches to receive the award in recognition of his achievements with the British women’s track cycling team. Manning has worked closely with the women’s team pursuit squad, who achieved Olympic and World Championship success this year. He has also guided Laura Trott to her omnium world and Olympic titles.
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“It’s been a fantastic year for the women’s track endurance team which culminated in them winning two gold medals at the London Olympics,” Manning told British Cycling.
“It was a really special event and the support of the home crowd was phenomenal, it was an experience I’ll never forget.
“I work with an incredible group of people and I can’t thank them enough for their support over this past year.”
Manning was in Glasgow at the weekend for the UCI Track World Cup, where he witnessed the women’s endurance squad win the team pursuit and Trott take the omnium.
Manning himself was formerly a key rider in Britain’s men’s team pursuit line-up, and assisted Britain to win gold at the 2008 Olympic Games and the world title in 2005, 2007 and 2008. He retired from competitive cycling at the end of 2008 and had considered a career in construction management before being lured back to cycling as a coach in 2009.
BC’s Belinda Tarling also received an award for her work in educating coaches.
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