NEWS: Elliott stands down, Docker rejoins as chair

Graham Elliott has stood down as chairman of the British Cycle Speedway commission, after two years in the hot seat.

Elliott was appointed for the 2014 season as a member of the British Cycling board. Despite not being elected back on to the board for 2015, he was granted another year as CS chair by British Cycling president, Bob Howden, after the CS commission made a special request for him to carry on his duties.

Graham Elliott (right) presenting East London's Kevin Smith with the 2014 fair play award in April 2015.

Graham Elliott (right) presenting East London’s Kevin Smith with the 2014 fair play award in April 2015.

Elliott has overseen change to the commission, producing a more streamlined structure with individuals in charge of specialist areas. He especially tackled poor discipline in the sport head on, putting new measures in place to ensure bad behaviour was prevented and not recurring. It was also refreshing to see the former chair taking a hands on approach to the sport, regularly addressing concerns of individuals publicly and privately, as well as attending various events across the calendar.

British Cycling confirmed the news with the following release:

“Following two years of significant service to the British Cycling Cycle Speedway Commission, Graham Elliott has now stood down as Chair. His replacement is British Cycling Board member Colin Docker (pictured below), thus once again giving Cycle Speedway as a sport a direct voice onto the British Cycling Board.

New 2016 CS Commission chairman Colin Docker.

New 2016 CS Commission chairman Colin Docker.

“Graham is thanked by British Cycling for his considerable hard work and commitment to the sport of Cycle Speedway during his period as chair. Colin has served in this role previously and therefore is already very familiar with the sport and many of the people within it.”

Other members of the 2016 Commission for 2016 will be:

  • Bob Prince (Coaching)
  • Myke Grimes (Communications)
  • Graham Sutton (Corporate)
  • Pete Ward (Competition)
  • TBC (Facilities)

Paul West (BCHQ) continues in the role of Administrative and Development support.

33/18 News would like to take this opportunity to thank Graham for his support and efforts over the last two years, and welcome Colin Docker into his new role.