British Cycling has been nominated for the Sports Governing Body of the Year, the 2013 Sports Industry Awards announced today.
Above: The National Cycling Centre in Manchester, home of British Cycling.
The Sports Industry Group's awards will take place in May 2013 with categories including Best Participation Event, Best Sponsorhip, Best Sport Website and Best Sports Governing body, the last of which seeing British Cycling nominated along with the British Horseracing Authority, the British Olympic Association, England Hockey, the RFL (Rugby Football League) and UKA (UK Athletics).
British Cycling's principal sponsor BSkyB has also been nominated for Best Sponsorship of a Sports Team.
Commenting on the news, British Cycling’s Chief Executive, Ian Drake, said:
“The past year has undoubtedly been the biggest and the best in British Cycling’s history so it is fantastic to hear that we have been nominated for this prestigious award. Cycling is the sport that redefined our national sporting identity last year – we saw the first British winner of the Tour de France and took 16 gold medals home from London 2012 but, equally, we have seen some amazing achievements at the grassroots.
"Along with Sky, Sport England and local authorities, British Cycling reached its target of getting one million more people on bikes a year early. There are almost two million people are now riding regularly, our membership is booming with over 65,000 members, and over 20,000 people are now taking part in competitive events. We are also making real strides in representing this growing membership on issues that matter, like better provision for cyclists on our roads. On behalf of everyone involved with British Cycling, we are delighted that our hard work at all levels is being recognised by the sports industry.”
For more information on the awards and a full list of nominees go here: http://www.sportindustry.biz/awards/category/shortlist/?Id=39