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Alan Minter

Former undisputed World Middleweight Champion boxer. Given the nickname “Boom Boom” for his incredible knock-out record. Alan Minter turned professional in October 1972 and went on to win the British middleweight title in 1975, adding the European title in 1977. He also won the bronze medal at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Alan won five fights in a row by knockout in 1972, and, in the following year, Pat Dwyer became the first boxer to go the distance with him, over eight rounds in London. Minter won his next five fights, three by knockout. In 1975, he won four fights in a row, including another bout in Hamburg, and by the end of the year, he challenged Kevin Finnegan for the British Middleweight title, winning it by a 15 round decision. In 1976 he won six fights, to extend his streak to Continue Reading »

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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 »

Barry McGuigan MBE

Barry McGuigan MBE

Barry rose to fame in the 1980s as WBA featherweight boxing champion and a non-sectarian sporting ambassador. He has worked as a Daily Mirror columnist and TV sports commentator, having also been the winner of ITV’s Hells Kitchen reality show in 2007. He  won a multitude of titles as a junior. At the age of just 17 he represented Northern Ireland at the 1978 Commonwealth Games, winning the gold medal, and he also represented Ireland at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. As a Professional he won the British, European and World Titles. McGuigan was voted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 2000 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005. Barry has also been writing a successful weekly column for the Daily Mirror for over 10 years. He has commentated throughout the world; in the USA for Continue Reading »

Ben Ainslie CBE

Ben Ainslie CBE

Ben is an English sailor and four-times Olympic gold medalist. He won silver at the 1996 Olympic Games and gold in the 2000 Summer Olympics in the Laser class. He gained some 18 kilograms (40 lb; 2 st 12 lb) and moved to the larger Finn class for the 2004 Summer Olympics, where he won gold, a feat he repeated in the 2008 competition. In 2012, he became the first person to win medals in sailing at five Olympic Games, and the second (after Paul Elvstrøm) to win four gold medals He began his sailing career at the age of eight and first competed at the age of ten. His first international competition was the 1989 Optimist world championships held in Japan where he placed 37th. Ainslie has also won the International Sailing Federation top Award more times than anyone else being named ISAF World Continue Reading »

Beth Tweddle MBE

Beth Tweddle MBE

Beth has raised the performance levels and standards of British gymnasts: she is a three-time world champion, having won the 2010 World Championships and 2006 World Championships on the uneven bars and the 2009 World Championships on the floor. Tweddle was the first gymnast from Britain ever to win a medal at the World and European Championships, and is considered to be the most successful British gymnast of all time. She is also a seven-time British National Champion, having won the title every year between 2001 and 2007. Additionally, she is a three time Olympian, competing in the 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, and 2012 London Olympic Games, where she took home a bronze. About At an early age Beth’s family moved to England and she now lives in Bunbury and trains in the Park Road gym in Liverpool, where she Continue Reading »

Brendan Foster CBE

Brendan Foster CBE

Brendan was a world-class middle-distance runner who has gone on to become a TV personality and the driving force behind the Great North Run. He was educated at St Joseph’s Grammar School and the University of Sussex. Foster’s athletic career saw him compete in three Olympic Games, claiming Britain’s only track and field medal – bronze in the 10,000m – at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. In 1974 he won the European Championships 5000m, beating Olympic champ Lasse Viren en route to gold. In the same year he also broke the 3000m world record on his home track, Gateshead Stadium. Also that year, Foster was awarded the BBC’s prestigious Sports Personality of the Year award. He also won 10,000m gold at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton and, in 1973, broke the world record for two miles at Crystal Palace. Foster Continue Reading »

Carl Lewis

Carl Lewis

Carl is one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen. He is known for his world records in running as well as his records in the long jump. He started participating in long jump events when he was just 13 years old. He received the James E. Sullivan Award for the best athlete in 1981 and in the World Championships in 1983, he made his mark by winning in the 100m sprint, long jump and the 4 x 100m relay events. Carl Lewis then went on to become the indisputable champion in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Carl went on to repeat his spectacular performance of 1983 in Rome in 1987, and then in the 1988 Seoul Olympics he went on to win 4 more golds. As a result of his outstanding performances he was named Athlete of the Continue Reading »

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Charles van Commenee

Dutch athletics coach, Charles van Commenee, is a world leading expert on performance management. Serving as Head Coach of British Athletics from 2008 to 2012, he was the mastermind behind the most successful night in GB Olympic history.     Coaching Career Charles first became involved in coaching at the age of eighteen and began teaching children while studying for a degree in physical education. After completing his military service in 1981, he dedicated himself to coaching full time and, in 1987, was appointed as the coach for the Dutch javelin team. Building upon his coaching success, he was promoted to technical director of combined events and throws by the Dutch athletics federation, in 1992. Coaching Denise Lewis In 1994, Charles van Commenee started working with British athlete Denise Lewis. Under Charles, Denise would go on to become champion at Continue Reading »

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