Scottish Cycling has appointed current performance manager of British Cycling’s Olympic Talent Programme, Gary Coltman, as its head of performance.
Starting in his new role this month, Coltman will be responsible for delivering success and creating world class talent development systems in Scotland.
Commenting on the news, Scottish Cycling’s chief executive, Craig Burn, said: “This is a tremendous appointment for Scottish Cycling. Gary has played a leading role in helping to establish British Cycling as one of the most successful sporting organisations in the World. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, both from his time as a professional rider and team manager, and laterally in his role as the Olympic talent programme manager for British Cycling. Gary has a deep understanding of coaching and performance at all levels and I believe he will offer valuable direction and leadership to our staff and riders, both in the lead up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and also in helping to identify and develop Scotland’s future cycling stars in the years to come.”
Coltman has worked for British Cycling for the past ten years. In addition to managing a successful performance programme, which has produced amazing success over the last two Olympic cycles, Coltman was also a professional trade team manager and athlete. Coltman’s own cycling career highlights include a Commonwealth Games Medal in Team Pursuit at the 1986 Games, held in Edinburgh and 11 times British National Champion across road, track and Mountain Bike. Furthermore, he originally studied at Loughborough College and holds several coaching qualifications.
Speaking about his new role, Coltman said: “I am thrilled to be joining Scottish Cycling at such an exciting time in the development of the sport in Scotland. Cycling is currently going through a period of extraordinary growth in this country and I believe we have the opportunity to harness that popularity and convert it into success for Scotland on the world stage."