Cycling South Africa’s new Coaching Commission Chair, Alasdair Garnett, said he was determined to propel national cyclists onto the international stage.
“We have the talent (coaches and athletes), resources and drive to deliver more champions onto the world stage,” he said.
“Athletes and coaches require support and infrastructure to be able to achieve their goals and aspirations.”
Garnett said he would first focus on creating an accessible national coaching database.
Thereafter his plans would be to organise regular regional, provincial and national coaching seminars to encourage, network, collaborate and further educate all those involved with cycling.
By implementing measures such as these, Garnett said he hoped to establish a structured but flexible coaching infrastructure that was professional, efficient, reliable and sustainable.
The focus would be on long term athlete development to establish a clear pathway for all cyclists from youth development to international success.
“I look forward to be part of a committee that is headed in this direction, that is transparent, accountable and successful,” he said.
Garnett, who has completed level one and two of the UCI coaching course, will aim to complete his third level at the World Cycling Centre in Switzerland in August.