by Daniel Jones
The Dorking Advertiser
Cycling’s King handed
honour from Queen
AFTER transforming the fortunes of British Cycling, Peter King has been awarded in the Queens Birthday Honours list.
King, who stepped down, from his position as Chief Executive earlier this year, has been made a Commander of the British Empire.
The management accountant from Dorking was in charge of cycling in the UK for 12 years and helped turn an organisation on its knees into the envy of the‑sporting world.
His hard work culminated in the remarkable achievements of Team GB at last year's Olympics in Beijing, returning home with eight gold, four silver and two bronze medals.
Triple gold medallist Chris Hoy was knighted in the New Year's Honours, while CBEs were handed to performance director Dave Brailsford and Bradley Wiggins and an MBE given to every other British cyclist who won gold in Beijing. King is delighted that his efforts behind the scenes have now been recognised.
"It is a humbling experience to find myself following ,in the footsteps of so many great athletes, coaches, administrators and volunteers who have been honoured similarly in previous years," said King, who only recently returned from a charity ride from Lands End to John‑O‑Groats, raising around £12,000 for Prostate UK.
"I am proud to have been honoured for my role, but I consider that I am accepting this honour on behalf of the staff team at British Cycling, which it was my privilege to lead for 12 years. It's also on behalf of the hundreds of volunteers across the country who make our sport happen every day and create the opportunities for our athletes to rise to the stardom they have attained."
King first took his position at British Cycling in 1996, at a time when the organisation was virtually insolvent and in great danger of losing all government funding.
Through his hard work and careful planning King helped to turn around the federation’s fortunes and constructed the £10million, 150 strong staffed power house it is today.
"My role at British Cycling was always that of the harbour pilot coming on board the ship to steer it away from the rocks and safely into the harbour where it could be re‑fitted, re‑fuelled and sent out again to rule the waves," said King.
Behind the scenes: Peter King has been handed a CBE RSMSAK290808A01
"At British Cycling I was fortunate enough to build a terrific team of loyal, dedicated and professional staff. I had the constant support of knowledgeable board members, led by the hardest working President in British sport.
"I was also able to call on the energy and enthusiasm of thousands of volunteer officials and coaches in clubs all over the country, all of whom have contributed to the re‑incarnation of the sport of cycling in the UK To all of these wonderful people' I dedicate this award.
"It is certainly a privilege to receive such a high honour from the Queen but it has also been a privilege to be part of the creation of the best governing body in British sport and the best federation in world cycling."