Obituary: Tommy Godwin 1920-2012

Obituary: Tommy Godwin 1920-2012


Great Britain cyclist Tommy Godwin has died, aged 91. The double Olympic medallist, former British Cycling Federation President, coach and Solihull Cycling Club President died earlier today at the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull.

Godwin won two bronze medals at the London 1948 Olympic Games in the team pursuit and kilometre time trial, held at Herne Hill.

And when the Olympics returned to London in 2012, Godwin was a prominent figure as an ambassador for the Games, carrying the Olympic torch through Solihull and supporting Team GB during competition at the London velodrome.

During his intervening years, Godwin was no less active and managed the Team GB cycling squad at the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games, was president of the British Cycling Federation, ran the first British training camp in Majorca, and founded the Birmingham RCC.

He was Britain's first paid national coach in 1964 and trained a generation of British track riders, including Graham Webb, who beat the British hour record and won the world road race championship, and Mick Bennett, who won bronze medals at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics.

Brian Cookson, British Cycling's President paid tribute to Godwin:

"Tommy Godwin represented all that is great about our sport. A true gentleman who achieved great things as a competitor, a coach and an administrator. Our sport is privileged to have been associated with him."

Earlier this year, the Guardian made this excellent slideshow on Godwin's career and his effervescent passion for cycling.