Colin Jackson CBE

Great Britain’s Legendary Hurdler, Multiple Gold Medallist, World Record Holder, Broadcaster

Without doubt one of the finest athletes Great Britain has ever produced. Not only is Colin a world record holder, but also a much loved media personality and speaker, including as a once-finalist on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and as a popular host on BBC Radio Wales’ Sunday morning show.

His multi-medal career made him the natural choice to join the BBC’s sports production team. Indeed, since the Athens Olympics (2004), Colin has been an integral part of BBC  programming for all major athletic events, including the Olympic Games in London in 2012 and in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

In recent years, Colin has turned his attention more sharply towards mental health advocacy, speaking frankly and openly with the media and with live audiences about the various impacts of anxiety, eating disorders and body dysmorphia. In particular, Colin provides unique insight into the stressful demands of competing at the highest level, and he is keen that the public learn from his own experiences.

Colin works closely with Sport Relief, where he is a member of the  steering panel, and is also an International Inspiration Ambassador for  UNICEF as well as founding and fronting the Go Dad Run campaign for  Prostate Cancer. Since 2014, Colin has been the Sporting Director for the Wings for Life.

Colin’s personable and professional approach, combined with his high  profile, means that he is in demand from the commercial sector. He is a confident and charismatic conference/awards host and a high-level motivational speaker. With an incredible competitive career behind him, he has been extremely well received by numerous audiences across all industries and sectors.

Records / Achievements

  • 1988 – Olympic Silver Medallist at Seoul Olympic Games in 110m Hurdles
  • 1993 & 1999 – Gold Medallist at World Championships in 110m Hurdles
  • Finalist on Strictly Come Dancing, ITV’s Dancing on Ice Goes Gold
  • Set 7 European, 8 Commonwealth, 9 UK records for 110m Hurdles
  • Founded ‘Go Dad Run’ campaign for Prostate Cancer
  • Current World Sport Director of Wings for Life Foundation

Other noteable achievements

  • Former World Record Holder 12.91 seconds in Stuttgart 1993 for 13 years
  • Current World Indoor Record Holder 7.30 seconds in Sindelfingen 1994

Personal Data

Birth Date: 18/02/1967
Born: Cardiff, UK
Lives: Cardiff, UK

Jo Pavey

European Champion in 10,000m, only British track & field athlete to appear at five Olympic Games

Whilst Jo has been a fixture of the athletics scene for many years, 2014 defied all odds, winning the hearts of the British public coming in 3rd at BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Her story so far has been one of resilience and determination. Spanning decades, Jo went from domestic teenage prodigy to becoming the oldest ever European Champion at 40 years and 325 days. She was finally awarded her upgraded 2007 World bronze in 2017 – but it wasn’t always plain sailing for this mother of two. Multiple injuries, juggling family life and training, Jo has overcome all to prove her doubters wrong.

Still competing, she serves as an inspiration to mums everywhere as she embarks on her next goal: Tokyo 2020. She remains a keen advocate for healthy family life, campaigning alongside Public Health England, while also publishing her acclaimed book, ‘This Mum Runs’.

 

Records / Achievements

  • 5 x Olympian
  • 6 x 5,000m British Champion
  • 2006 – 5,000m Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist
  • 2007 - 10,000m World Bronze Medallist
  • 2012 – 10,000m European Championships Silver Medallist
  • 3rd in BBC Sports Personality of the Year, behind Lewis Hamilton & Rory McIlroy (2014)
  • 2014 – 5,000m Commonwealth Bronze Medallist
  • 2014 – 10,000m European Champion

Personal Data

Birth Date: 20/09/1973

Born: Devon, UK

Lives: Devon, UK

Jonathan Edwards CBE

Current World Recorder Holder, Olympic Gold Medallist & Renowned Sports Broadcaster

Jonathan set the world record for triple jump in 1995. Unbelievably, it’s a record which he still holds more than two decades later, having collected every possible title. Indeed, Jonathan’s Olympic gold medal in Sydney in 2000 was one of the crowning glories for one of Great Britain’s greatest ever athletes.

 

Now recognised as one of the most accomplished lead broadcasters, presenters and corporate hosts, Jonathan has taken the stage countless times across a wide range of media events and corporate engagements. He is a commissioned representative of the International Olympic Committee and his credits include roles as lead presenter Eurosport, BBC and Channel 4.

Jonathan is an accomplished, eloquent speaker and particularly relishes facilitator and hosting roles.

Records / Achievements

  • Current World Record Holder for Triple Jump (18.29m, Gothenburg, 1995)
  • 1995 BBC Sports Personality of the Year
  • Olympic Gold Medallist at Sydney Olympic Games
  • Cycling, Olympic & Winter Olympic broadcasting and commentary with BBC, Channel 4 and Eurosport
  • Presented the morning show at London 2012 Paralympic Games

Other notable positions:

  • Athlete Representative for Local Organising Committee of Olympic Games (LOCOG)
  • Chair of the Sports Advisory Group, having played an important part in success of the London 2012 bid as an Official Ambassador, and member of the Athletes Advisory Group

Personal Data

Birth Date: 10/05/1966
Born: London, UK
Lives: Newcastle, UK

Kelly Sotherton MBE

Since retiring, Kelly Sotherton remains arguably one of the most influential and outspoken female voices in British Sport.

As far back as 2007 Kelly was a vocal critic and highly suspicious of two of her rivals’ performances, but it was a further decade before Kelly was vindicated and awarded two Olympic Bronze medals from Beijing as a result of her rivals’ systematic cheating. Having achieved a further Bronze in Athens alongside two World Championship medals in Osaka and Valencia to add to Commonwealth Gold, Kelly is now one of Britain’s most decorated and talented Track and Field athletes.

Determined to use her experiences, Kelly’s resolve led her to spearhead the creation of British Athletics’ Athletes Commission. Her advocacy of women’s sport and gender equity resulted in her election in 2015 onto the IAAF Women’s Committee and their Gender Leadership Taskforce and in 2020, a place in the New Year’s Honours List. On the track, Kelly is a highly commended coach to athletes like Jasmin Sawyers and Morgan Lake, whilst she was headhunted by Wasps Rugby Club to lead their athlete performance.

Kelly’s forthright views are regularly found as a columnist for i newspaper and stints on 5Live, Talksport and Channel4 alongside arguably being Arsenal’s most candid and expressive Gooners on Twitter.

Records / Achievements

  • Heptathlon Olympic Bronze Medallist at Athens Olympic Games
  • 2005 & 2007 European Pentathlon Indoor Silver Medallist iat European Indoor Championships
  • Heptathlon Gold Medallist in in Melbourne at Commonwealth Games
  • Heptathlon Bronze Medallist at World Championships in Osaka
  • Olympic Bronze Medallist in Heptathlon & 4 X 400m Relay in Beijing at Olympic Games

Other Notable Achievements

  • British Athletics Athletes' Commission Founder
  • IAAF Women's Commitee Member
  • Regular Contributor for i Newspaper
  • Ambassador for Birmingham 2022 Games
  • Wasps Rugby Club Performance Coach

Personal Data

Birth Date: 13/11/1976

Born: Isle of Wight, UK

Lives: Birmingham, UK

Laura Winter

Sports broadcaster, presenter-commentator, event host and sports journalist, Laura Winter is – with the acceleration of a GC sprinter – growing a reputation as one of the most capable, credible and versatile sports presenters in the industry. The 2019/20 sporting year has seen some fabulous additions to her portfolio.

Broadcasting at some of the biggest sporting events in the world, Laura thrives when working across a variety of platforms, from cycling, swimming and rowing, to F1, Speedway, and rugby. Equally at home as anchor or roving reporter, Laura is engaging, incisive, and uniquely natural when presenting live television.

Currently working in her dream role within motor-sport, Laura was grid reporter for five rounds of the World Rallycross Championships on BT Sport. Laura’s transition to Sky Sports F1 coverage was seemingly inevitable – 2020 will see her in the paddock and on the grid, reporting live on the world feed before presenting the Speedway World Championships later in the year.

Laura’s extensive resume also includes a successful tenure as the dedicated British Cycling presenter in which she covered the National Championships and the Women’s Tour of California across a variety networks including: ITV4, BBC Sport, Eurosport and NBC. Her attention to the finest, decisive details across a variety of sports – driven by her own passion for cycling – is second to none.

A warm and engaging host who is open to share her vast knowledge of the sports we love.

Portfolio

  • Rio 2016 - Paralympic Games Road Cycling host
  • European Games 2018 - Road Cycling host
  • 2019 Netball World Cup - presenter
  • ICC Cricket World Cup - presenter
  • 2016-2019 Henley Royal Regatta - live presenter for BT Sport
  • Present - Sky Sports F1 presenter

Liz Johnson

Paralympic Gold Medallist / 3 x World Champion Swimmer

One of the biggest and brightest personalities to emerge from the growth of Paralympic sport in the last decade, Liz has a remarkable story demonstrating resilience, determination and talent to win an Olympic Gold medal in Beijing in 2008 despite personal tragedy. By 2016, Liz had swapped the pool for the broadcasting studio and was heralded as one of the stars of Channel 4’s award-winning coverage. In 2018, she was listed as one of the BBC’s 100 most influential women.

Outside of the sporting world, Liz holds degrees in Accounting and Business Management. Liz has co-founded and is MD of The Ability People, the UK’s first and only disability-led recruitment business with a focus on placing talented able-bodied and disabled job-seekers into the right jobs.

Liz receives outstanding feedback  after addressing audiences large and small. This is due in part to her charismatic and energetic delivery, coupled with her warm personality and ability to comprehend and draw from her business experience.

Records / Achievements

  • Paralympic Gold, Silver & Bronze Medallist
  • Listed in BBC 100 Women 2018 awards
  • IPC World Championships: Gold Medals in 100m Breaststroke and 50m Relay
  • Celebrity Master Chef participant (2016)
  • Broadcaster for Channel 4, IPC and BBC coverage of parasports
  • Co-Founder and Managing Director of The Ability People

Other notable achievements

  • Bestowed the honour of reading the athlete’s oath at the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony
  • Athlete Mentor for Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and Youth Sport Trust
  • Winner of the inaugural Sport Gives Back Awards for 2020

Personal Data

Birth Date: 03/12/1985
Born: Newport, UK
Lives: Newport, UK

Mark Foster

6 x World Champion Swimmer, 5 Time Olympian, 8 World Records, Broadcaster & Speaker

By the time he carried the GB flag at the Opening Ceremony of his fifth Olympic Games in Beijing (2008), Mark was already one of the country’s most celebrated athletes. Now, still one of Britain’s best recognised Olympians, Mark remains a figurehead for British Swimming, as well as a champion and vocal advocate on discussions around LGBT+ diversity and inclusion.

After a career which saw Mark win 51 international medals and set 8 world records, Mark moved seamlessly into the studio for the Delhi Commonwealth Games. Having been recognised in 2012 alongside Clare Balding for their coverage of the London Olympics, Mark has been a mainstay on the BBC where his insight, clarity of thought and natural chemistry in front of camera is held in high regard.

Away from the pool, Mark’s dalliance with wearing very little continued with an acclaimed appearance in The Real Full Monty in 2012, having temporally covered up to much fanfare during his stint on Strictly Come Dancing. Since then he’s become a global ambassador for his signature range with Ted Baker, created a swimming line with Zone3 and founded a grassroots swimming academy putting on clinics throughout the country.

Having internalised and avoided the question of his sexuality throughout his career, Mark decided in 2017 to share his story in part to be true to himself and those who are going through a similar struggle, but also as a point of challenge to the casual levels of homophobia or prejudice he felt was prevalent in society. Mark has made this part of his life and the impact it had on his swimming career a focal part of his corporate offering.

Records / Achievements

  • 5 x Olympian, 6 x World Champion, 11 x European Champion, 2 x Commonwealth Champion
  • Flag bearer for Team GB at Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony
  • Acclaimed Strictly Come Dancing contestant returning for the arena tour in 2012
  • Established ‘Mark Foster Swimming Academy’ to inspire young swimmers from the ages of 11-17
  • Founded Fitsteps, a dance and fitness programme aimed at creating a fun, energetic and effective way to keep fit by fusing ballroom and Latin dancing

Other noteable achievements

  • Broken 8 World Records
  • Lead Contributer and Analyst for BBC Sport's Swimming Coverage
  • International ambassador for Ted Baker, including his own signature range
  • Blogged for the Huffington Post on current issues, sport and lifestyle

Personal Data

Birth Date: 12/05/1970
Born: Essex, UK
Lives: Cambridge, UK

Ned Boulting

Award Winning Sports Journalist, Television Presenter, Author Podcaster, Generally Clever Bloke

Ned Boulting is quite simply a tour de force – which is a coincidence, because he has also covered every Tour de France since 2003, along with a host of other live sporting events. He is a living, breathing encyclopaedia for cycling; and he is the expert when it comes to the sport’s most brilliant anecdotes.

While he continues to write books, record podcasts and present primetime terrestrial sport on ITV, he has also found the time to edit The Road Book, which is road racing’s inimitable, mammoth almanack – each year covers more than 900 pages – as well as to launch a series of hugely successful one-man stage concept tours, including 2020’s Retour de Ned.

Production & authorial credits include:

  • Dutch Master – A Tribute Dennis Bergkamp (1998)
  • Award winning ‘Steven Gerrard – A Year in My Life’ (2006)
  • How Cav Won the Green Jersey: Short Dispatches from the 2011 Tour de France (2012)
  • How I Won the Yellow Jumper: Dispatches from the Tour de France (2012)
  • On the Road Bike: The Search For a Nation’s Cycling Soul (2014)
  • 101 Damnations: Dispatches from the 101st Tour de France (2015)
  • Boulting’s Velosaurus: A Linguistic Tour de France (2016)
  • Heart of Dart-ness (2018)

Records / Achievements

  • Winner of the Royal Television Society Sports News Reporter of the Year
  • Has covered more than 25 cycling Grand Tours, including every Tour de France since 2003
  • Sports broadcasting credits with ITV include Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup… and PDC darts!
  • Editor of The Road Book, cycling’s unrivalled almanack
  • Acknowledged as the authoritative voice of cycling on UK terrestrial television
  • Since 2016, completed three national tours with Bikeology, a unique one-man live theatrical stage experience
  • Authored six different popular non-fiction books, including Heart of Dart-ness (Bonnier, 2018)
  • Produced and Directed Steven Gerrard – A Year in My Life (2006)
  • Produces and presents Never Strays Far podcast

Production & authorial credits include:

  • Dutch Master – A Tribute Dennis Bergkamp (1998)
  • Award winning ‘Steven Gerrard – A Year in My Life (2006)
  • How Cav Won the Green Jersey: Short Dispatches from the 2011 Tour de France (2012)
  • How I Won the Yellow Jumper: Dispatches from the Tour de France (2012)
  • On the Road Bike: The Search For a Nation’s Cycling Soul (2014)
  • 101 Damnations: Dispatches from the 101st Tour de France (2015)
  • Boulting’s Velosaurus: A Linguistic Tour de France (2016)
  • Heart of Dart-ness (2018)

 

 

Personal Data

Birth Date: 11/07/1969
Born: Andover, UK
Lives: Lewisham, UK

Oli Bell

Oli Bell grew up on the outskirts of Glastonbury. He received a drama scholarship to his senior school and was educated just outside Peterborough. The school had its own local radio station and, at the age of 15, he got the coveted breakfast show slot. Despite not beating Chris Moyles in the ratings war, it was an early education into the broadcasting world.

From here, Oli’s interest in a career in the industry started and at 16 he secured his first role as a live radio reporter at various sporting events. This led him to cover the Land Rover G4 Challenge and the British Touring Car Championships.

At 18, he became an editorial assistant at Racing UK but quickly moved into the role of presenter. Having covered events including Royal Ascot, The Grand National and The Cheltenham Festival, Oli was head hunted by Sky in Australia to present their international sport coverage. In 2012, he teamed up again with Racing UK before making the step across into the world of terrestrial television. Oli became part of the ITV family in January 2017 and is one of the main horse racing presenters for ITV Sport fronting their coverage on the Saturday morning magazine show, The Opening Show. The team won a BAFTA for their coverage of horse racing in 2017.

Oli has also presented football for ITV in addition to covering darts and boxing for the network, establishing himself as one of the up and coming stars of the networks sport team.

Oli hosts corporate events and has spoken at various high-profile functions. He played on the professional poker circuit for two years and has played both cricket and football to a high standard in South Africa and Australia respectively. He is highly sought after as a brand advocate and is a patron of the Ebony Horse Club a position he says “is his most rewarding yet”. This role led him to producing the documentary “Riding A Dream” in 2019 that aired on ITV and was seen by a combined audience of 2.6 million people. The film has received global recognition and has been shortlisted at a number of global film festivals.

 

 

Records / Achievements

  • Key Presenter for ITV Racing
  • Host of The Opening Show - the Racing Magazine Show
  • Produced ‘Riding a Dream’ in 2019 – documenting Khadijah Mellah’s iconic Magnolia Cup victory

Personal Data

Birth Date: 28/04/1987

Born: Glastonbury, UK

Lives: London, UK

Raha Moharrak

World Renowned Mountain Climber/ History Maker/ Inspirational Speaker

Raised in a climate and a culture where women and girls are not encouraged or permitted to pursue sports activities, Raha strove to be different and her fearless approach challenges the perception of Saudi women.

With no infrastructure, training or equipment in place for Saudi women, Raha tackled one of nature’s most difficult and dangerous challenges to prove that anyone is capable of achieving greatness- all with a smile on her face.

Since climbing Everest, Raha’s gone from strength to strength developing her speaking skills and talking on both a corporate and international stage with remarkable articulateness and charisma.

Records/ Achievements

  • Started climbing career in 2011 with Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Became the first Saudi woman to summit 7 largest peaks across the world
  • Youngest Arab to summit Mount Everest 18th May 2013
  • Keynote speaker at 10th IOC World Conference on Sports and the Environment
  • Emirates Woman of the Year 2016

Other notable achievements

  • By 2015 collaborated with Nike, Estee Launders, Coca Cola and Burberry
  • Became a Tag Heuer 'friend of brand'- first and only Arab to do so

Personal Data

Birth Date: 25/01/1986

Born: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Lives: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Sally Gunnell OBE

Olympic Gold Medallist in 400m Hurdles

Despite winning her Olympic Gold medal nearly a quarter of a century ago, Sally remains one of the most recognised, respected, and loved females in British sport. She is the only woman in history to have ever concurrently held all four major championship Gold medals at the same time – Olympic, World, Commonwealth, and European & World Record.

She is now an authentic spokesperson for health and wellbeing, particularly in the corporate workplace. Her unwavering motivation, dedication and self-belief ensured her on-track success now inspires audiences everywhere. Approachable and down-to-earth, she not only tells her own incredible story but she works with businesses to maximise the potential of their workforce – a formidable example of work/life balance.

Records / Achievements

  • Olympic Gold Medallist at Barcelona Olympic Games in 400m Hurdles
  • Only woman in history to have ever concurrently held all four major championship Gold medals – Olympic, World, Commonwealth, European & World Record
  • Spearheads charity events such as Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life and continues to fulfil her role as figurehead for the British Heart Foundation
  • Industry leading expert and advocate on Corporate Wellness and Mental Health

Personal Data

Birth Date: 29/07/1966
Born: Chigwell, UK
Lives: West Sussex, UK

Simon Brotherton

The Voice of Football & Cycling

Over the years Simon has established himself as one of the country’s finest and most diverse sports commentators. After joining the BBC in 1990, Simon is now predominantly known as one of the top tier commentators on Match of the Day having also appearing frequently on BBC Five Live, and for BT Sport as lead commentator for the European Football Show on Sunday nights. Simon’s voice is synonymous with football having commentated on every World Cup since France ’98 and European Championship since Euro 2000.

Simon has also enjoyed real success as the BBC’s lead cycling commentator after making the transition from radio to television, most notably at Rio 2016, where his performances at both the Olympics and Paralympics for Channel 4 received deserved acclaim. Having now covered over 22 iterations of The Tour, adding Speed Skating at the Winter Olympics alongside Baseball World Series, World Title Fights and F1, Simon’s vast portfolio and expertise positions him as a unique voice and figure across multiple formats.

Records / Achievements

  • 7 Olympic Games
  • 22 Tour de France’s
  • 6 Baseball World Series
  • 6 World Cups
  • 7 European Championships
  • Voice of BBC Cycling since 2013
  • Multiple Grand Prix Athletics & Formula One Races
  • Channel 4 Paralympic Cycling commentator

Personal Data

Birth Date: 14/05/1969
Born: Brighton, UK
Lives: Sussex, UK

Steve Backley OBE

Broadcaster, Motivational Speaker & 2 x Olympic Silver Medallist in Javelin

In a career which saw Steve feature in the World’s top 10 every year between 1989 and 2004, regularly thrilling the world with his closely fought and much publicised contests with Jan Zelezny. Steve, the first British male to set a world record in a throwing event, went on to set multiple, British, World and Olympic records. He is the only British track and field competitor to win medals at 3 different Olympic Games whilst also equalling the record of four successive European gold medals.

Having taken the mantle from Paul Dickenson as BBC Sport’s lead field commentator, Steve has broadcast to millions during every succedent World, European and Olympic games since Beijing across radio and TV.

Affable, laid back in nature and an ability to communicate with all ages has made Steve both a fantastic ambassador for sport and an excellent role model. As a published author on sports psychology coupled with his rich experience of competition at the very highest level, Steve is sought after as a speaker and business coach having set up BackleyBlack, which aims to translate Olympic experience into workplace performance.

Records / Achievements

  • 1996 & 2000 – Olympic Games Silver Medallist
  • Record Equalling 4 x successive European Champion
  • Only British track and field competitor to win medals at 3 different Olympic Games
  • Became first British male to set a World Record in a throwing event
  • Broadcast at every Major Championship since Beijing 2008

Personal Data

Birth Date: 12/02/1969
Born: Sidcup, UK
Lives: Kent, UK