Tommy Godwin
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Tommy Godwin
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Nov 03, 2012

Thomas "Tommy" Charles Godwin was a British track cyclist, active during the 1940s and 1950s. He held national records and raced abroad. He later became a coach, manager and administrator.

In 2010 he was selected as an ambassador for the 2012 London Olympics. In 2012, aged 91, he was selected to take part in the Olympic torch relay, carrying it through Solihull.

He became interested in cycling because of the Olympics Games in 1936. Are van Vilet's's riding in the 1,000-metre time-trial inspired him. Godwin began racing three years later and rode the fastest 1,000m of the season at the Alexander Sports Ground. He was invited to trials in the Midlands to find riders for the next Olympics, despite not yet having won a race. He won a 1,000m at The Butts track in Conventry on 29 July 1939. His chances of Olympic selection ended with the second war. He envied Red Harris and Dave Ricketts for being selected for the world championship at a young age, "not that I had any claims to such honours but because their good fortune provided them with expert tuition and decent tracks for training. In the Midlands this all seemed so far away." Godwin managed the British cycling team at the 1964 Summer Olympics Games in Tokyo, became president of the British Cycling Federation and of the Sollhul Cycling Club. He ran the first British training camp in Majorca ,Spain and the first track course at Lileshall, and founded the Birmingham RCC. 

He was Britain's first paid national coach and trained a generation of British track riders, many of whom won national and international titles and medals. They included Grahm Webb, who beat the British hour record and won the world road race championship, and Mick Bennett, who won bronze medals at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics. Godwin was an ambassador for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. On 27 July 2010 he appeared on the BBC One programme "London 2012: Two Years to Go", praising the new velodrome taking shape. He was interviewed by BBC presenter Sophie Raworth and showed his two Olympic bronze medals.

When aged 91 he was selected to participate in the Olympic Torch relay, to carry it on a 300 metre leg through Solihull on 1 July 2012.

Godwin died on 3 November 2012. 

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