Swimming / Diving

Duncan Goodhew MBE

Duncan Goodhew MBE

Duncan is a former Olympic gold medal winning swimmer for Great Britain, a talented motivational speaker, and well-known television personality. As a swimmer for Great Britain, Duncan Goodhew won Olympic gold and bronze medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. He also captained the England swimming team. In addition to his swimming achievements he competed as a member of the British bobsleigh team at the 1981 European Championships. As well as being famous for his sporting achievements, he has also appeared in a number of popular television shows including Dave Gorman’s Important Astrology Experiment. In 2002, Goodhew’s 100 metre breaststroke gold medal achievement was ranked 99th in the British network Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Sporting Moments. Duncan is also an accomplished author and respected motivational speaker. He has presented over 200 motivational speeches to many of Britain’s leading companies, Continue Reading »

Gabby Logan

Gabby Logan

Gabby played netball for the school and at university, competed at high jump, but the peak of her sporting career was when she gained eighth place in rhythmic gymnastics representing Wales at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland. After university she presented on Metro Radio in Newcastle, from where she was offered a job as a presenter on Sky Sports in 1996, working there until 1998, when she began working at ITV. And it was at ITV when Logan’s career really came to notice when she fronted the football program On the Ball. Gabby went onto present ITV’s UEFA Champions League football coverage, including the 2005 and 2006 finals, and she has also presented other programmes including ITV’s 2005 Super Bowl coverage. She writes regularly for The Times newspaper, and has also done a photo shoot for men’s magazine GQ. 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 »

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps

Michael began swimming at the age of seven, partly because of the influence of his sisters and partly to provide him with an outlet for his energy. By the age of 10, he held a national record for his age group, and Phelps began to train at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club under coach Bob Bowman. More age group records followed, and Phelps’ rapid improvement culminated in his qualifying for the 2000 Summer Olympics at the age of 15 and becoming the youngest male to make a U.S. Olympic swim team in 68 years. At the World Championship Trials for the 2001 World Aquatics Championships, on 22 July, Phelps broke the world record in the 200 m butterfly to become, at 15 years and 9 months, the youngest man ever to set a swimming world record, breaking the record previously Continue Reading »

Rebecca Adlington OBE

Rebecca Adlington OBE

Rebecca won two gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in the 400 m and 800 m, breaking the 19 year-old world record of Janet Evans in the 800 m final. She is also Britain’s first Olympic swimming champion since 1988 and the first British swimmer to win two Olympic gold medals since 1908. She won bronze medals in the women’s 400 m and 800 m freestyle events in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Rebecca was the first woman to win swimming gold for Great Britain since Anita Lonsbrough in 1960, and the first British swimmer to win more than one gold medal at a single Olympic Games since Henry Taylor won three in 1908. Adlington set a new British, Commonwealth, European and Olympic record of 8:18.06 in the preliminary heats of the women’s 800 metre freestyle on 14 August 2008. She went on to win the 800 m Olympic freestyle final on 16 August Continue Reading »

Sarah-Jane Mee

Sarah-Jane Mee

Sarah-Jane moved from Sky Sports News to join the ITV’s sports team in October 2002 where she presented the sport on Central News West and also the main news programme. She also anchored the pan-regional programme, Soccer Monday. As a presenter with ITV Central, she became the face of sport for ITV in the Midlands. As well as presenting on the six o’clock news programme Central Tonight most evenings as Main and Sports Presenter, she was the main presenter of ITV Central’s popular weekly Central Soccer Night show. She co-hosted the ITV1 Central and London football programme Hancock’s Half-Time, along with Nick Hancock. The show was later given its original name of Central Soccer Night after Hancock departed, and Mee hosted the show into 2007, along with former striker Stan Collymore. Her radio career began in 2006, when she stood Continue Reading »

Sharron Davies MBE

Sharron Davies MBE

Sharron is one of the UK’s best known and most popular sporting personalities since she burst onto the scene as a 13-year-old Olympian in 1976. She is the ultimate Olympian attending 9 Olympic Games three as an athlete and six as a broadcaster, and has unparalleled experience over the past 35 years as a competitor and broadcaster. She learned to swim at the age of six and was training seriously two years later. She set a record by swimming for the British national team at the age of only eleven. In 1976, still only thirteen, Davies was selected to represent Great Britain at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. The next year she stepped up a gear to win two bronze medals in the 1977 European Championships. The following year, still just fifteen, she won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games Continue Reading »

Tom Daley

Tom Daley

Tom Daley started diving at the age of seven and is a member of Plymouth Diving Club. He has made an impact in national and international competitions from age 9. He was spotted by a coach, taking part in regular diving lessons. His first competition was the National Novice Championships in April 2003 where he won a medal in the 8/9 year old boys’ category. He represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics where he was Britain’s youngest competitor, the youngest competitor of any nationality outside the sport of swimming, and the youngest to participate in a final. In the first post-Rome 2009 World Championships edition of the FINA World Diving Rankings for the ten-metre platform, Daley reached a new career best ranking of number one. Tom was named BBC South West Sports Personality of the Year, and Young Continue Reading »