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Jon Champion

Jon Champion

Jon is one of Britain’s leading sports commentators who has covered a wide variety of sports including football, rugby league, Test Cricket and swimming as well reporting on three Olympic Games. He is also one of Match of the Day‘s regular commentators, as well as, commentating on rugby league for BBC TV’s Grandstand, and covering football for BBC Radio 5 Live. He cut his footballing teeth as a commentator/reporter for BBC Radio Leeds before joining BBC Radio 2 network sport and, later, Radio 5 Live where he also has his own programme, Champion’s Sport. He also worked as a radio presenter on the 1990 World Cup Finals and as a presenter and commentator in 1994. Euro 96 was his first major championship as a TV commentator, and he also worked on the 1998 World Cup Finals in France. In 1995 Continue Reading »

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Jonathan Brownlee

Having won titles at Junior and youth level in both the triathlon and dualthon, Jonathan Brownlee was soon a two-time World Sprint Triathlon Champion. His career apogee came at the London 2012 Olympic Games where he took the bronze medal in the triathlon, at the age of just 22.     About Jonathan is a member of the Bingley Harriers and is coached by Malcolm Brown and Jack Maitland at the British Triathlon Federation’s High Performance Centre, based at Leeds Metropolitan University’s Carnegie Centre. Jonathan’s older brother Alistair Brownlee was the winner of the 2009 ITU Triathlon World Championships and the 2011 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series, and Edward Brownlee, his younger brother, is a promising schoolboy swimmer and runner. Triathlon Youth Champion Jonathan Brownlee was the British youth champion in both triathlon and duathlon in both 2006 Continue Reading »

Laura Trott OBE

Laura Trott OBE

Laura is a double Olympic and World Champion British track cyclist who specialises in team pursuit and omnium disciplines. She is also the current world and olympic record holder. She was born a month prematurely in Harlow in Essex with a collapsed lung and was later diagnosed with asthma. She was recommended by doctors to take up sport to regulate her breathing. She first began cycling when her mother decided to take up the sport to lose weight, Laura and her sister joined their mother and Laura then became serious about the sport. Laura Trott is a double world and European champion in team pursuit, having won the 2011 UCI team pursuit and again in 2012. Trott is also an individual world and European champion, in the Omnium discipline, having won the Women’s omnium at the 2012 World Championships. She Continue Reading »

Lennox Lewis CM CBE

Lennox Lewis CM CBE

Lennox is the first British boxer to hold the undisputed heavyweight world championship since Bob Fitzsimmons. At the 1988 Olympic Games, he won the gold medal in the superheavyweight division. After that, he was undefeated in his first 22 professional fights. He held a remarkable amateur record of 85-9, which he capped with a gold medal for Team Canada at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. After turning professional in 1989, Lennox went on to gain the European title in 1990 and the British Commonwealth Heavyweight title in 1992. He was officially crowned the WBC Heavyweight Champion in January of 1993. In November 1999 Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield met once again in the ring after their earlier fight ended in a controversial draw. This time Lewis defeated Evander Holyfield to become the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World, unifying the WBC, WBA, IBO Continue Reading »

Linford Christie OBE

Linford Christie OBE

Linford was the first of a new breed of athlete that defied age as a barrier to perform, winning his first major title at the age of 26. He went on to become the World’s No 1 in the most fiercely competitive and prestigious event in athletics, the men’s 100m. His impressive title collection includes an Olympic, a World Championship, three European, three Commonwealth, ten European Cup and four World Cup medals. Linford was the first man to retain the World Cup 100m title and in 1997 won a record 7th European Cup title. From 1995 to 1997 he was the inspirational captain of the men’s British Athletic team. He was educated at Henry Compton Secondary School in Fulham, London where he excelled in physical education. He went onto join the Air Training Corps in 1978. In 1986, he won the 100 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 »

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson won four Olympic gold medals and eight World Championships gold medals and currently holds the world and Olympic records in the 400 m. His 200 metre time of 19.32 at the 1996 Summer Olympics stood as the record for over 12 years. Johnson was noted for his unique running style. His stiff upright stance and very short steps defied the conventional wisdom which stated that a high knee lift was essential for maximum speed. In 1997 Johnson began appearing in Nike television advertisements in which he was billed as “the world’s fastest man” as a result of his 200 meter world record. At the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York, Johnson anchored the U.S. 4 x 400 m relay team with Jerome Young, Antonio Pettigrew, and Tyree Washington to a win, setting a world record of 2:54.20. Johnson Continue Reading »

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Mo Farah CBE

The sensational Mo Farah won Britain’s first ever men’s European gold medal at 10,000 metres, took double-gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, across 5000 and 10,000 metres, and is the current 1500 metres British and European record holder.     Early Life Mohammed Farrah was born in Somalia and arrived in Britain aged eight, speaking hardly any English. Inspired by his PE teacher, Mo started running at his local athletics club. His first major title was at 5000 metres at the European Athletics Junior Championship in 2001. In 2005, he moved in with a group of Kenyan runners in Teddington, and their fierce training schedules and dedication inspired him further; in July 2006, Mo clocked a time of 13 minutes 9.40 seconds for 5000 m to become Britain’s second-fastest runner after Dave Moorcroft. A month later, he collected Continue Reading »

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Nick Dempsey

Nick Dempsey is a two-time windsurfing World Champion and Great Britain’s first-ever Olympic windsurfing medalist, taking the bronze at Athens 2004. He bettered this at London 2012, securing the silver medal for Team GB.     Windsurfing Career Nick Skelton booked his first international success at the 1998 Mistral Youth World Championships where he won the bronze medal. As a senior, his first win was clinched at the North Sea Cup Series in Pevensey Bay, and an additional third place in the Kieler Woche. He finished 16th at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and four years later in Athens became the first Briton to take a windsurfing medal when he won a bronze. He continued winning competitions in 2001 and beyond, such as Athens Eurolymp Week, Kieler Woche and the SPA Regatta before finishing third at the 2004 Summer Olympics to Continue Reading »

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Nick Skelton OBE

No other rider has won so many major competitions, on so many different horses, as Nick Skelton. The world-renowned show jumping rider has won thousands of classes and hundreds of Grand Prix events and was part of the British Show Jumping Team that won the Gold Medal at the London 2012 Olympics.   Early Career Nick Skelton began riding aged 18 months when he got his first pony–a Welsh Mountain, called Oxo, who was born in the same year as Skelton and lived to be 39. Nick rode in pony classes with little tuition before taking his pony to Ted and Liz Edgar for help when he was 14. Achievements Nick holds the British equestrian high jump record, when he jumped over 7’7” on Lastic in London back in 1978, and has competed at six Olympic Games, most recently in Continue Reading »

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