British Cycling has today confirmed the appointment of Paul Barratt to the head of performance support team for the Great Britain Cycling Team.
Barratt, who is currently employed by the English Institute of Sport (EIS) to work full time for the Great Britain Cycling Team as their senior biomechanist, will take on the responsibility of leading a progressive and impactful performance support team across multiple functions.
Performance director Stephen Park said of the new appointment: “I am delighted Paul has accepted the role of head of performance support team. He has been a valued member of the Great Britain Cycling Team for the past nine years and is well-respected by staff and riders alike.
“Paul will manage our world-class performance support team to deliver bespoke coach and rider support based on our ‘what it takes to win’ model. Paul’s appointment brings us one step closer to being a full-strength staffing team, allowing our focus to remain firmly on success in Tokyo 2020.”
Paul Barratt, who has worked across numerous sports before joining British Cycling, including squash, water polo and bob skeleton said: “I am pleased to accept the role of head of performance support team and to be able to progress my career within the Great Britain Cycling Team.
“Having been part of the performance support team since the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2008, I fully understand the performance support requirements of the Great Britain Cycling Team and I look forward to managing the alignment of our services to optimise performances in the buildup and during Tokyo 2020.”
Jonathan Browning, British Cycling's new chairman, said: “Paul Barratt’s appointment into the role of head of performance support team brings the Great Britain Cycling Team another step closer to ensuring the welfare provision available to our athletes is world leading.
“We have been clear in our mission to become one of the most respected NGBs in the world, and the appointment of Paul Barratt along with the recent recruitment of Dr Nigel Jones into the role of head of medical services highlights the progress we are making to achieve this.”