Stephen 'Sparky' Park OBE

Performance Dir
British Cycling

Stephen Park OBE is the Great Britain Cycling Team’s performance director. Appointed in December 2016, he has been working with the team since April 2017.
Prior to British Cycling, Sparky was the Royal Yachting Association’s Olympic & Paralympic Manager for over 15 years, with Britain’s world-beating sailors amassing 23 Olympic and Paralympic medals during his time at the helm.
He was responsible for managing and implementing the World Class Performance program for sailing. He brings an abundance of experience from the sailing world, a sport that is highly complex and strategic, where good decision making is vital, and ground-breaking technology is commonplace. Having represented Great Britain at two Olympic Games himself, he has a good understanding of the athlete’s perspective.
When he is not managing and coaching, Sparky still enjoys sailing. Away from the water, motor sports, mountain biking and skiing all feature strongly amongst his hobbies.

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