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Cycling restructure to boost South Australian Cycling talent programs

15 November 2017

As we head into the 2018 track season and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, there has been changes to the coaching structure of both SASI and CSA State Development and TID programs.

Brett Aitken has been appointed as the Head Coach of the SASI Cycling program.

SASI Director Wes Battams said “We are delighted with Brett’s appointment in the ‘top job’. Brett will have the responsibility to lead the SASI Cycling program to ensure the performance, reputation and future generations of SASI cyclists will build on our successful traditions. As a triple Olympian with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and with a strong coaching history here at SASI, Brett is well qualified and prepared for the challenges ahead.”

SASI has also appointed a new coach in Lynne Munro to the position of Sprint Cycling Coach with SASI’s Cycling Program.  Lynne has an extensive coaching background having held coaching roles at WAIS, Scottish Cycling and Cycling NZ prior to her joining our team.  In addition she is qualified as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Lynne will be employed as a joint partnership between SASI and Cycling Australia where she will work two days per week as a Biomechanist working as part of the team with CA’s High Performance Unit.

SASI have been working together with Cycling South Australia to restructure the State Development and TID Programs. The goal was to create better flow between programs, better engagement and to generally improve the long term health of these programs.

As part of this, SASI and CSA have jointly appointed four new coaches to the TID and State Development programs. SASI coach James Glasspool will take on responsibility as Head Coach of the CSA State Development and Talent ID programs.

Cycling South Australia CEO Lachlan Ambrose commented on the restructure “Our major goals with the program restructure was to provide greater stability, and hence sustainability to the program, for both the athletes and the coaches. With the new framework we feel that we have achieved this goal. We are appreciative of the work and support provided by SASI to enable this transition.

“James will work alongside SASI Head Coach, Brett Aitken. James cycling career started as a SASI athlete from 2008-2013, winning 5 national titles along the way, representing Australia at Junior and Elite world championships. In 2013 he switched to the road, and raced professionally for Team Novo Nordisk up until the end of 2016.

Josh Harrison, Caitlin Ward and Jenny MacPherson have also been appointed as lead and skill coaches in these CSA programs. All three coaches bring a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience within the track and road scene, and will add great depth to both programs.

Josh and Caitlin are current SASI Scholarship holders, who train regularly with the National High Performance Unit. Both have represented Australia at junior world championships, elite world cups and are national champions on the track. They have worked recently as skills coaches in both TID and State Development programs. Jenny Macpherson comes to the team with a wealth of experience on the road, having raced in Europe for a number of years with the Australian national team, however, she has also represented Australia at the Paralympics, piloting the tandem in Athens 2004.

Ambrose said of these appointments “We feel like we have put together a really great team, one which the riders coming through will really benefit from. All four coaches have a great experience base from a range of disciplines, and with a strong coaching hierarchy they will all be given ample opportunity to continue their development, especially with some of the mentors available to them through SASI”

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