Jason Queally


Date of birth: 11/05/1970


From: Great Heywood, Staffordshire


Previous teams: Team SIS



Jason Queally career profile


Jason Queally hit the headlines in September 2000 when he won Great Britain’s first gold medal in the Sydney Olympics.



Queally set a new Games record on his way to victory in the 1km time trial, two years after he took silver in the discipline at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.



Having been a keen swimmer – he represented Lancaster and British Universities in Water Polo – he turned to cycling at 25 because he wanted to compete in triathlons.



He benefited from Lottery funding, but his career was nearly ended in a freak accident while competing at the Meadowbank track in Edinburgh. He was impaled by an 18-inch long, one-and-a-half inch wide splinter which entered through his back.



Queally required 70 stitches and, had it pierced his chest cavity, it would probably have killed him. He was told by Doctors that it was probably the thickness of his chest muscles, a legacy of his swimming training, that saved his life.



As a result, he never cycled in a group race, competing in the individual and team sprint and the 1km time trial from then on.



The outsider to win gold in Sydney, Queally was not selected to defend his medal four years later in Athens. Instead he competed solely in the team sprint; Team GB were eliminated in the first round.



Despite strong performances in the 2006 Commonwealth Games and various World Cup events, Queally was not selected for the Beijing Olympics. He announced his retirement, but in 2010 began training with the GB team pursuit squad.



Just months later he was part of the team to triumph at the European Track Championships, yet has since admitted that the competition for places in the discipline is too fierce.



Queally then turned his attentions to London 2012, in a bid to get selected for the men’s sprint team. However after failing to do so, he now plays the role of pilot in the Paralympic pursuit team.



Jason Queally results

2011


National champion, team sprint

2010

European Track Championships, team pursuit, first

2007

Los Angeles Track World Cup meet, team sprint, third

Beijing Track World Cup meet, team sprint, third

2006

National Track Championships, team sprint, first

Commonwealth Games, 1km time trial, silver

Commonwealth Games, team sprint, silver

2005

World Track Championships, team sprint, gold

World Track Championships, 1km time trial, silver

Moscow Track World Cup meet, 1km time trial, first

Los Angeles Track World Cup meet, 1km time trial, second

2004

Track World Cup meet, 1km time trial, second

Track World Cup meet, team sprint, second

World Track Championships, team sprint, bronze

2003

Cape Town Track World Cup meet, team sprint, first

World Track Championships, team sprint, bronze

2002

Moscow Track World Cup meet, team sprint, first

Commonwealth Games, 1km time trial, silver

Commonwealth Games, team sprint, silver

2001

World Track Championships, team sprint, bronze

2000

Olympic Games, 1km time trial, gold

Olympic Games, sprint, silver

World Track Championships, team sprint, silver

World Track Championships, 1km time trial, bronze

1999

World Track Championships, team sprint, silver

Mexico City Track World Cup meet, team sprint, first

Mexico City Track World Cup meet, 1km time trial, second

1998

Commonwealth Games, 1km time trial, silver

  • Robin Mayhew

    Dear Dear IPC, I see many references to Jason Queally but no actual contact for him. I wonder if you could be kind enough to forward ths message if you have a way. I have been able to contact most other Sydney competitors and this will, I’m sure, be of interest to Jason.

    Sorry to make contact this way but I felt it only right that you should be aware of my project.

    When the Olympic Games were awarded to London for 2012 it coincided with a song I was working on. The song is called Refuse to Lose and is sung by Stadia – four young people from here in West Sussex and Surrey. I have just finished the video and have posted it on YouTube – you can see it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYnGBVhacDw

    You can see details of the project at http://www.refuse-to-lose.co.uk and please note one of the girls is currently the under 20’s 800 metre UK National Champion – Adelle Tracey.

    You will see that in the background we have used action and stills from the 2000 Games in Sydney which was GB’s best medal haul for 80 years.

    I would love this song to become a sort of anthem for all. Not only the athletes taking part in the Games but everyone as a whole Nation to get behind them using the lyric as a mantra to bring us all together. Nice dream I know – but if you don’t have a dream there’s no chance of it coming true.

    Please spread the word about this inspirational project because I read with horror in the press that the once great ’60’s rock band The Who are in line to play the closing ceremony. Good God there’s only two of them left after the brilliant Keith Moon and John Entwistle died in rather seedy circumstances plus one would have to be well over 50 or 60 to remember anything of them in their heyday. I do remember them as I played on the same South London circuit with them all those years ago. On the other hand Refuse to Lose is full of new hope and spirit and is aimed at all people young and older telling them to plan, focus, have ambition and work to achieve their goals in life.

    Best wishes
    Robin Mayhew
    01243 555881