Gary West (cyclist)

Gary West (8 June 1960 – 20 August 2017) was an Australian Olympic cyclist and track cycling coach.

Gary West
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Australian Institute of Sport Track Cycling Coach Gary West with Olympic Champion Anna Meares in 2013
Personal information
Born(1960-06-08)8 June 1960
Mildura, Victoria[1]
Died20 August 2017(2017-08-20) (aged 57)
Adelaide, South Australia

He competed in the points race event at the 1984 Summer Olympics.[2] He was also an alternate on the gold medal-winning team pursuit squad at the 1984 Games.[3] At the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, West won a gold medal as a member of the men's team pursuit.[1]

West had an extensive track cycling coaching career. He worked for the Japan Cycling Federation and the United States Cycling Federation.[3] In 2006, West was appointed Head Cycling Coach at South Australian Sports Institute.[3] In 2008, he was appointed National Head Track Sprint Cycling Coach at the Australian Institute of Sport in Adelaide.[3] He coached Anna Meares to gold and bronze medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2016 Summer Olympics respectively.[3] In October 2016, West stepped down from his national coaching role whilst he battled motor neurone disease.[4]

West was a track sprint coach for Australia at the 1998, 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games.[1]

In 2016, he was awarded AIS Best of the Best at the Australian Institute of Sport Performance Awards.[5]

West died on 20 August 2017 in Adelaide from motor neurone disease, age 57.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Gary West". Australian Commonwealth Games website. Archived from the original on 19 March 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Gary West Olympic Results". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 12 September 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e "High Performance Unit Senior Masnagement". Cycling Australia website. Archived from the original on 24 October 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Gary West has stepped down as Cycling Australia's head track sprint coach while he battles Motor Neurone Disease". SBS website. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Chalmers claims two AIS awards to complete fairy tale year". Australian Sports Commission website. Archived from the original on 20 April 2018. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  6. ^ Gary West, Australian cycling coach dies at age 57 after battle with motor neurone disease