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Amy Williams MBE

Amy was born in Cambridge and brought up in Bath, being educated at Hayesfield School Technology College, Beechen Cliff School and the University of Bath. Williams was a member of her nation’s team four years later at the 2010 Games, and won a gold medal, becoming the first British individual gold medallist at a Winter Olympics for 30 years. Williams was originally a 400m runner but she was unable to qualify for the national athletics team. She began competing in skeleton in 2002 after trying out at a push-start track at the University of Bath. At her first major event, the 2009 World Championships in Lake Placid, she won a silver medal. At the 2010 Games, Williams won the gold medal in the women’s skeleton breaking the track record twice along the way and winning by more than a half Continue Reading »

Barry Davies MBE

Barry Davies MBE

Barry is a legendary commentator with one of the most-recognisable voices in Britain. He has covered a wide range of sports in a long career, primarily for the BBC. Although he is best known for his football commentary, Davies has commentated on numerous other sports, including badminton, beach volleyball, cycling, ice hockey, ice skating, tennis, gymnastics, hockey and athletics, and primarily in the BBC’s Olympics coverage, where he twice (Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004) commentated on the opening and closing ceremonies of the Summer Games. He was also the ‘Voice of the Boat Race’ between 1993 and 2004, until the BBC lost the rights to cover the event, and the presenter of Maestro in the 1980s, a series of interviews with retired sporting legends. About Barry Davies was educated at Cranbrook School—which also numbers commentators Brian Moore and Peter West Continue Reading »

David Moyes

David Moyes

David is widely regarded by football officianados as one of the Premiership’s top managers. He became manager of Everton in March 2002 and under him the club qualified for the Champions League in 2005 and reached the FA Cup final in 2009. Upon reaching his tenth anniversary at the club Moyes received praise from many fellow managers including Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsène Wenger and Kenny Dalglish for his achievements at Everton, despite operating with a limited budget. His service to Everton was also raised in Parliament by Steve Rotheram MP. Moyes is the third-longest serving manager in the Premier League and the English football league system as a whole, behind Ferguson and Wenger. He is also on the Committee for the League Managers Association in an executive capacity. As a player, David Moyes made over 540 league appearances as a Continue Reading »

Ed Clancy MBE

Ed Clancy MBE

Ed is a fundamental member of the awe inspiring Great British cycling team. He is a 5 time World Champion, and a 2 time Olympic Gold medallist. On the track he competes in the Team Pursuit and as an individual in the new Olympic discipline called the Omnium, a multi race event. Ed is a World, Olympic and European Champion on the track and also rides for the domestic road team Rapha-Condor-Sharp. An explosive sprinter with the durability to match, he took Gold in the Team Pursuit and Bronze in the individual Omnium at London 2012. About He got into cycling when his father bought him his first bike when he was 5 years old. At 15 he was spotted whilst attending a British Cycling event and was part of the first intake into the British Cycling Academy of which Continue Reading »

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Matthew Syed

Three-time Commonwealth table tennis champion and two-time Olympian, Matthew Syed, has had an extraordinary and multifaceted career. He was Sports Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2009, a broadcaster for the BBC and Eurosport, and stood as the Labour Candidate in the 2001 UK General Election.   Sporting Career and Achievements Matthew has has an interesting and unconventional career. Brought up in Reading, he was spotted by his primary school teacher as having the potential to become a future table tennis champion. Emerging from a local state school as an average achiever, Matthew Syed studied for his A levels whilst playing in Sweden before applying to Oxford University. Given a place at Balliol to study politics, philosophy, and economics, Matthew managed to combine his studies whilst competing at an international level. Although warned that both his Continue Reading »

Peter Wilson MBE

Peter Wilson MBE

Peter Wilson was triumphant at the 2012 Summer Olympics, taking gold in the men’s Double Trap event; he scored 188 out of a possible 200 hits. He is also the current world record holder for the event, gunning down 198 (of 200) at a World Cup event in Arizona during 2012.     Early Life Peter was born in Dorset and raised on his parent’s farm. He took up shooting at his father’s suggestion after he suffered nerve damage to his shoulder in a snowboarding accident which left him unable to play squash and cricket. He went to The Arts University College at Bournemouth (formerly Arts Institute at Bournemouth), in the large coastal town of Poole in Dorset, where he studied Graphic Design. Shooting Success Within four months of trying shooting at the Bisley Ranges, Peter Wilson became the 2006 Continue Reading »

Pierluigi Collina

Pierluigi Collina

Pierluigi was widely considered as the best referee of his generation, having obtained for 6 consecutive times the FIFA “Best referee of the Year” prize. He is still involved in football as non-paid consultant to the Italian Football Referees Association (AIA), and is a member of the UEFA Referees Committee. Collina has been the head of referees for the Football Federation of Ukraine since July 5, 2010. Pierluigi Collina was born in Bologna and attended the local university, graduating with a degree in economics in 1984. During his teenage years, he played as a central defender for a local team, but was persuaded in 1977 to take a referee’s course, where it was discovered that he had a particular aptitude for the job. Within three years he was officiating at the highest level of regional matches, while also completing his 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 »

Torvill and Dean MBE

Torvill and Dean MBE

Jane Torvil and Christopher Dean competed at the 1984 Winter Olympics and the pair became the highest scoring figure skaters of all time (for a single programme) receiving twelve perfect 6.0s and six 5.9’s which included artistic impression scores of 6.0 from every judge. The pair turned professional following the 1984 Olympics, regaining amateur status briefly ten years later in 1994 to compete in the Olympics once again After winning the 1981 World Figure Skating Championships (which brought the distinction of MBEs), and with three more years before the Olympics, they began to plan routines which used a single piece of music and had some narrative or thematic element. The pair retired from competitive skating for good in 1998 when they toured one last time with their own show, Ice Adventures, before rejoining Stars on Ice for one more season. Continue Reading »

Tracy Edwards MBE

Tracy Edwards MBE

Tracy won international fame in 1989 as the first skipper of an all female crew to sail around the world. The boat won two legs and came second overall in her class. She was born in Britain on 5 September 1962, at Pangbourne, Berkshire. When she was ten, her father died. Her mother, Patricia, remarried, and the family moved to Gower, near Swansea. She was educated at Highlands School, Reading, and Gowerton Comprehensive School. In 1985 she became the first woman to take part in the Whitbread Round The World Race. In the 1989-90 Whitbread Race she skippered the first all-female crew. The Yachting Journalists Association voted her ‘Yachtsman of the Year’. Tracy Edwards won international fame in 1989 as the skipper of the first all female crew to sail around the world in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Continue Reading »

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