If you've ever wanted to do your bit in helping tackle the problem of doping in cycling and other sports, now's your chance, with UK Anti-Doping advertising for chaperones across the UK to help manage its testing programme.
According to the job description on the UKAD website:
"UK Anti-Doping has a team of trained Chaperones authorised by the organisation to notify athletes that they have been selected for Doping Control, where the athlete is required to provide a urine and/or blood sample. The Chaperone is required to observe the athlete at all times until they report to the Doping Control Station.
The role of the chaperone is integral to the success of the Doping Control program. It involves attending sporting events and working closely with athletes. Chaperones are trained and authorised by UK Anti-Doping to carry out specific duties, including:
• notifying the athlete(s) selected for sample collection
• identifying the athlete(s) through various verification methods
• reading the athletes their rights and responsibilities with regards to the testing procedures
• accompanying and observing the athlete(s) until arrival at the Doping Control Station
• assisting the Doping Control Officer(s) in managing the Doping Control Station."
There are vacancies in a number of regions across the UK, and remuneration is £40 per visit plus travel expenses.
Full details of how to apply including a link to download an application form can be found here.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.