Regional Development Officer: Martin

Regional Development Officer: Martin

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Name: Martin Harris

Location: Living in Carnoustie, north of Dundee

Hometown: Originally from Blackburn in Lancashire, but brought up in Leicester where I was introduced to cycling at the World Championships in 1970.

Q.  Describe your job:

A.  I am here to help the clubs develop and deliver cycling opportunities in the North East. I am developing links with Local Authorities and clubs to help them, helping the clubs put together and implement development plans. This may be internal organisation, coaches, volunteers or events.

Q.  What did you do previous to working as a Regional Development Officer?

A.  For over 30 years I was a footwear buyer for William Smith Shoe Merchants in Dundee. A family business with over 30 outlets (DE Shoes) throughout Scotland. The family closed the business two years ago and I was privileged enough to get a role with the Glasgow Commonwealth Games as Assistant Cycling Competitions manager, mainly looking after the Time Trial and Road Race.

Q.  Favourite cycling discipline?

A.  I’ve tried most, but track as I have a strong attachment to the track at Caird Park having been central to its development and the young riders that have come through the ranks there. Very protective of this facility!

Q.  Other hobbies (as opposed to cycling?)

A.  Photography, it’s what got me heavily involved in Scotland, taking pictures of testers on the Perth Road and selling them back. In the past I have had a number of pictures published, including cycling weekly, the SCU Handbook, with my best one a double page spread in Runners World.

Q.  How do you like your tea/coffee?

A.  White, no sugar, coffee (not instant) in the morning tean in the afternoon

Q.  What is your favourite meeting snack?

A.  I’m always hungry so anything handy

Q.  What would you say is your greatest achievement in your role as RDO?

A.  Lasting a year, long service for East & Central!!

Q.  What would you say is your greatest achievement outside of work?

A.  Apart from my two kids (30 & 32!), probably getting the Caird Park facility upgraded, a lot of blood sweat and tears to get there, but well worth it in the end.

Q.  What are your aspirations in your role as RDO for the next year?

A.  To work with the Go-Ride clubs and get a strong network of kids clubs throughout the Region

Q.  What is the best way to contact you?

A.  Mobile phone or email, I don’t mind