Vale Gary West

Published
20/08/2017

 

 

 

Cycling Australia is greatly saddened by the loss of Gary West, who has passed away in Adelaide at the age of 57.

Cycling Australia CEO Nicholas Green OAM said that the cycling community

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had lost one of its leading lights; not just an athlete and coach who enjoyed so much success on the international stage, but a great bloke who was loved by many.

“Gary was a man of utmost integrity,” Green said.

“His accolades both on and off the bike as a cyclist and coach are well documented: he was a leader, he was humble and a visionary in all aspects of life and sport.

“Beyond the track, he was a loving husband and father, and friend to so many involved in our sport.

“On behalf of Cycling Australia and the cycling community, I extend our deepest condolences to Gary’s wife Debbie, his children Michael, Tom and Sally, and the extended family.”

As an athlete, West contested the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and won gold at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.

Early in his coaching career, West held positions with the Japanese and USA Federations, before being appointed Head Cycling Coach at the South Australian Sports Institute.

West took over as Head Coach of Australia’s track sprint program after the Beijing Olympic Games during which he guided Australia to 22 gold and more than 40 medals at the Olympic, Commonwealth, and World Championship level between 2009 and 2016.

Memorably, West coached Anna Meares to gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

West stood down as Head Coach following the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after revealing his battle with Motor Neurone Disease.

We farewell a friend, mentor and all round great champion.