First British Triathlon Chairman shortlisted for Local Hero Award


Dick Poole served as the first Chairman of British Triathlon following its founding in 1983 and has been shortlisted for the Cycling Weekly Local Hero of the Year Award.

Nominated by his local cycling club, Dick, now in his eighties, is a well-respected figure amongst members for his continued commitment and contribution.

Named Chairman of the British Triathlon Association upon its founding, Dick steered the organisation through its early years helping to establish the sport and organisation. He was awarded one of the first British Triathlon Gold Pins in 2008 for his commitment and role in triathlon, receiving lifetime membership to the organisation at a National Awards Dinner.

Poole also served as Secretary General of the European Triathlon Union where he also holds an Honorary Membership, helping to develop the federation and see Britain play a leading role in the growth of the sport across Europe and globally. 

Dick held the record for the fastest time to cycle from Land’s End to John o’ Groats, becoming the first man to complete the distance in less than two days. Since retiring from racing he has continued to be involved with his local club and is still often found coaching and encouraging members.

The shortlist was selected by a judging panel consisting of Colin Sturgess (former cycling World Champion), Dani Rowe MBE (Olympic Champion), Brian Cookson (former President of the UCI and British Cycling) and Vern Pitt (Cycling Weekly), with the winner announced on 28 November.

For more information and to vote, visit the Cycling Weekly website.


Photo Credit: Isaac Farnworth

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