General Manager, GreenEDGE Cycling
Shayne Bannan has overseen the unprecedented success of the Cycling Australia/AIS High Performance Program. He took on the role of High Performance Director after the 2000 Olympic Games and has since implemented a structure and system that is world renowned.
His philosophy is simple – surround Australia’s talented cyclists with experienced, passionate coaches and support staff, provide them with the resources and guidance they need and let them get on with the job.
Bannan believes there is more to a successful cyclist than talent. He leads by example to mould young athletes into professional, ethical sportsmen and women of good character. He expects them to be ambassadors for their sport and their country and encourages personal as well as sporting career development.
He liaises extensively with sponsors, suppliers and sports scientists to ensure the very best outcomes for the program.
Bannan is a former elite level track and road cyclist who commenced his coaching career in Australia’s ‘top end’ where he was selected to become an AIS Scholarship Coach in the Northern Territory. In 1987 Shayne commenced coaching at the national level and in 2000, after more than a decade working in road and track coaching, was appointed to the role of High Performance Director for the Cycling Australia / Australian Institute of Sport High Performance Program.
He has been involved in the past six Olympic Games, four Commonwealth Games and numerous World Championships.
In 2006 Bannan added the role of Business Manager of the Australian Sports Commission’s European Training Centre in Italy to his resume. He has been the driving force in the establishment of the Centre which, when completed in 2009, will act as the base for Australian athletes from all sports who travel to Europe to compete at the top level.
Bannan’s contribution to Australian cycling has been invaluable and his tireless work and commitment to the sport has seen Australia become one of the dominant nations in world cycling across all disciplines.