Australia’s Beijing Olympic coach Warren McDonald has been given a role to help identify and nurture Australia’s next generation of cycling superstars, the Australian Sports Commission said Friday.
The government-funded ASC said McDonald has been appointed Athlete and Coach Coordinator of its National Talent Identification and Development Programme.
The ASC said McDonald will also play a leading mentoring role in the programme in educating and supporting the work of coaches across all its funded sports including cycling.
“I am excited about working back with developmental cyclists having progressed from this level to becoming an Olympic coach,” McDonald said in a statement. “I am also looking forward to working with and passing on my knowledge to Australia’s up-and-coming coaches.”
McDonald began coaching at the Australian Institute of Sport in 1995 before progressing through the coaching ranks to become the National Women’s Road coach and the Olympic Women’s Road coach for the Beijing Games.
Australia had only Anna Meares’s sprint silver medal as its sole cycling medal at last year’s Beijing Olympics, narrowly avoiding going home without an Olympic track cycling medal for the first time since Moscow in 1980.
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