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Phil Leigh resigns as Cycling Ireland High Performance Director

Posted 29 September 2011


Cycling Ireland has announced that it is to part ways with High Performance Director Phil Leigh.

The surprise resignation comes with less than a year to go to the London 2012 Olympics.

The statement did not address whether Cycling Ireland has found a replacement for Leigh or whether the position remains vacant.

“Dr. Leigh and Cycling Ireland agreed that the timing was right as he had advanced the High Performance programme as far as possible in the current conditions,” Cycling Ireland said in a statement.

Cycling Ireland added that it was now refocusing its effort on development.

The statement then went on to outline the many developments that have taken place under Leigh’s tenure.

Leigh was credited with contributing greatly to the establishment of a High Performance structure that delivered some key results. 

“The full integration of Paracycling activities has provided a solid platform for this group to deliver consistently excellent results over the past number of years,” said Cycling Ireland.

“These results include four world championship titles and several other medal winning performances at world track championships, world cup and road events,” it added.

“There has also been a considerable advancement of the High Performance Track teams. Both team pursuit squads setting significantly improved national records and more recently Ireland secured a first U23 European track medal,” Cycling Ireland continued.

Leigh was also credited with having built relations with various service providers and commercial supporters that will benefit Cycling Ireland in the years ahead.

“New internal systems are now in place to ensure that clear pathways exist for the future development of Irish riders. 

“Phil has overseen a sound logistical support over the past couple of years ensuring riders, coaches and volunteer staff can focus on achieving their performance targets.

“He has also been in the process of setting up a development pathway from youth upwards to enable talented riders achieve their potential,” the statement read.

Speaking of the resignation CEO Geoff Liffey said he and the Board of Cycling Ireland were very grateful for the contributions made by Leigh during his time with the organisation before wishing him well for the future.


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