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Sir Steve Redgrave CBE DL

Sir Steve Redgrave CBE DL

Steve is one of Britain’s greatest ever Olympians and one of only four athletes in history to have won a gold medal at five consecutive Olympic Games. His 14 total Olympic and World Championship gold medals is unsurpassed by any other rower in history. Steve Redgrave (Sir Steven Geoffrey Redgrave CBE) is considered the greatest British rower of all time. As well as his 5 gold medals at consecutive Olympic Games, he has also won three Commonwealth Games gold medals and nine World Rowing Championships gold medals. He has also carried the British flag at the opening of the Olympic Games on two occasions. Redgrave was educated at Great Marlow School, a state secondary comprehensive school in Marlow in Buckinghamshire. He won the World Championship for Indoor Rowing in 1991, and was also a successful single sculler winning the Wingfield Sculls Continue Reading »

Sir Stirling Moss OBE

Sir Stirling Moss OBE

Stirling has had a truly remarkable career, he raced from 1948 to 1962 and won 212 of the 529 races he entered, including 16 Formula One Grands Prix. He would compete in as many as 62 races in a single year and drove 84 different makes of car over the course of his racing career, including Lotus, Vanwall, Maserati, Jaguar, Ferrari and Porsche. Like many drivers of the era, he competed in several formulae—very often on the same day. Moss was a pioneer in the British Formula One racing scene and placed second in the Drivers’ Championship four times in a row from 1955 to 1958. Sir Stirling Moss was also a competent rally driver and is one of only three people to have won a Coupe d’Or (Gold Cup) for three consecutive penalty-free runs on the Alpine Rally (Coupe Continue Reading »

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Steve Cram CBE

Steve Cram, nicknamed The Jarrow Arrow, was one of the world’s dominant middle distance runners during the 1980s and set world world records in the 1500 metres, 2000 metres, and the mile. He took gold at the 1983 World Championships and silver at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.   Athletics Achievements In a career spanning over three decades since appearing as a 17 year old at the Commonwealth Games in 1978, Steve Cram‘s many achievements include six Gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and the European and World Championships. At the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles, Steve returned from injury to take a Silver medal in the 1500m behind Sebastian Coe. The following year he broke World records in the 1500m, 2000m, and a mile all within 19 days; the latter lasting almost 9 years. Commentary Continue Reading »

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Steve Rider

As one of British television’s foremost sports presenters, Steve Rider has presented over fifty major golf championships, international rugby, and motor sport. In his illustrious career with the BBC, stretching over 20 years, he has hosted Grandstand, Sportsnight, and Sports Personality of the Year.   Early Career Steve Rider has a journalistic background both in local newspapers and press public relations. For two years he was a reporter and feature writer with Hayters, the Fleet Street based sports agency, before joining the newly established independent local radio stations LBCIRM as a sports presenter and reporter. In 1980, Steve made his network debut as presenter of ITV’s coverage from the Moscow Olympics. Career with the BBC In 1985, Steve accepted an invitation from the BBC to take over from Harry Carpenter as presenter of Sportsnight, a role he filled for six Continue Reading »

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Steve Staunton

Steve Staunton enjoyed a distinguished club career with Liverpool and Aston Villa, and became the first footballer to reach a century of caps for the Republic of Ireland national team. He also has the distinction of being the only player to have played in every single one of Ireland’s 13 World Cup finals games.   Early Career After starting his career at his home club of Dundalk, Steve Staunton signed to Liverpool in 1986. He spent five years at the club, winning the FA Cup in 1989, before transferring to Aston Villa where he soon became a regular in Villa’s defence. The following season, he won a League Cup winners medal when he helped Villa beat favourites Manchester United 3–1. Over the next two seasons he was once again a regular in defence, including Villa’s run to the UEFA Cup Continue Reading »

Tiff Needell

Tiff Needell

Tiff is a motoring legend who has had a glittering career spanning touring cars to Formula 1. He has driven the world’s most exotic cars and entertained millions as a television presenter on both Top Gear and Fifth Gear. He first raced at a driving school at Brands Hatch in 1970. He progressed to Formula Ford, his progress assisted by the use of a Lotus 69 FF he won in an Autosport magazine competition. Needell’s Formula Ford period culminated in his acquiring a Crossle 25F with which he won the Kent Messenger FF Championship after competing for only half of the remaining season. This success landed him a partly paid drive in the Formula Ford 2000 Championship in a Hawke chassis provided by McKinstry Racing. Needell was completely dominant in that car and series which provided him with the springboard into Continue Reading »

Tracy Austin

Tracy Austin

Tracy became the youngest winner of a pro tournament at the tender age of 14. That same year, she reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open despite not being seeded. In 1979, she won her first major title by defeating Chris Evert at the Italian Open, stopping Evert’ 125-match clay court winning streak. Tracy also became the youngest player ever — at the age of 16 — to win the U.S. Open. She was born into a tennis playing family which produced three professional players in addition to Tracy, and at the age of just 4 years she appeared on cover of World Tennis magazine. In 1979, Austin won her first major title in Rome, defeating Sylvia Hanika in final. Along the way she defeated Chris Evert in the semi-final to end Evert’s record 125-match clay court win streak. Tracy went Continue Reading »

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Vicki Butler-Henderson

Britain’s top female racing presenter, Vicki Butler-Henderson, was born into a sporting family and started racing at age 12. She has since become a road tester for Auto Express and What Car? magazines, a motoring journalist, and founding-presenter for Channel Five’s Fifth Gear.     Racing Career She started racing karts when she was twelve. She even competed in one race that featured David Coulthard. After several years spent competing around Britain, at the tender age of 17 she started her career as a racing instructor at circuits such as Brands Hatch and Silverstone, as well as spending a year living and working at Knockhill in Scotland. She has competed in series such as Formula First and the 2000 Pentel Ginetta Championship. She has also raced in many other events, such as the Porsche Cup, Radicals, the Speyside Stages Rally, Continue Reading »

Virginia Wade OBE

Virginia Wade OBE

Virginia is one of Britain’s greatest ever tennis players. She holds several titles and has set many unbeaten records, as well as, winning the U.S. Championship in the first year of Open Tennis in 1968, and she captured the Australian Open in 1972. She was ranked as high as No. 2 in the world, and she was ranked in the Top 10 from 1967-1979. She currently is No. 4 on the all-time victory list with 839 match wins, and she captured 55 pro singles titles. Virginia Wade was born in Bournemouth in England. Wade learned to play tennis in South Africa, where her parents moved when she was one year old. In 1968, she became a professional and captured the women’s singles championship at the first U.S. Open, defeating Billie Jean King in the final. Virginia Wade was the Number 1 British Continue Reading »

Willie Carson OBE

Willie Carson OBE

Willie is possible Britain’s most well-known jockeys, as well as being one of its great characters. He is probably most remembered for his association with Nashwan and Dayjur–two completely contrasting racehorses. Willie’s riding performance to hustle Dayjur to the lead from an outside draw in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint was impressive. Willie was born in Stirling, Scotland and is best known for his determined and energetic riding style, he is a 5 times British Champion Jockey and has won 17 British Classic Races. He is also a well-known television personality, appearing in A Question of Sport from 1982 to 1983, and as co-presenter with Claire Balding on the BBC’s horse racing coverage. As well as his 5 British Champion Jockey titles (1972, 1973, 1978, 1980 and 1983), Carson has also passed 100 winners in a season 23 times for a total Continue Reading »

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