THE honours continue to flow in for a Chester University graduate who was the mastermind behind Great Britain’s most successful Olympic team.
Team GB cycling supremo David Brailsford, who graduated in Sport and Exercise Sciences and Psychology from the University of Chester in the early 1990s, has been appointed CBE after plotting the success of Sir Chris Hoy and the rest of Britain’s indoor and outdoor cyclists in Beijing. The award is an upgrade of Brailsford’s MBE.
Professor Ken Green, head of sport and exercise sciences at the University of Chester, said: “Even while a student at Chester, Dave had a reputation for leaving no stone unturned in his own training and cycling career, so it’s unsurprising to find that this is the motto of the GB Cycling team.
“He was a bright-minded young man with a critical eye for the physiological and psychological dimensions of competitive sport, and a popular student among his peers and tutors alike.”
Brailsford has also been named coach of the year at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards, where his cycling team was named team of the year and triple gold medallist Sir Chris won the main award.
He beat Premiership and Champions League-winning Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Grand Slam-winning Welsh rugby coach Warren Gatland to the BBC prize.
Brailsford came to Chester having already graduated with a degree in sports science and psychology from Sheffield Business School.
He returned to Chester in November to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Chester, in recognition of his work over the past decade with the country’s elite cyclists which culminated in Beijing when Team GB’s two-wheeled brigade brought home eight gold medals – the single biggest contribution to the nation’s best Olympic performance for 100 years.