Dan Hunt


Following on from the success of our inaugural event in December with Duncan Bannatyne, Andy Smith, Director of the Centre for Leadership Performance, was pleased to announce the second of our Guest Speaker events. We were pleased to welcome Olympic Cycling Coach, Dan Hunt.

Dan's presentation covered the transformation of the British cycling team from its 'also-ran' status at the start of the decade into world leaders. He explained the podium mentality and culture change that has contributed towards the goal of becoming the best coaching team in the world, and the phenomenal success that is being enjoyed along the route. You don't need to be a pedal-pusher to be motivated by this story, which was full of resonances for anyone wanting to improve the performance of their team.


Having completed an MSc in Exercise Science, Dan Hunt started work at the University of Bath as an assistant sports scientist. Within two years he was appointed senior physiologist at a National Institute of Sport.

In 2005 he was contacted by the Great Britain Cycling Team to transform the then failing Women's Endurance Team. His drive, vision, and leadership skills led the transformation of a failing programme into one that produced four Olympic Medals in just two and a half years.

Since Beijing 2008, Dan has sustained the success of the women's programme which culminated in 2009 where the team medalled in every World Championship event, including events which Great Britain hasn't been competitive in for over 20 years, and successfully defended the World Team Pursuit title.

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