Colin Jackson CBE

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

Without doubt one of the finest and most loved athletes Great Britain has ever produced. Colin continues to be a fixture on our TV screens, long after retiring from athletics after numerous records and multiple world titles. Colin has seamlessly made the transition into broadcasting, most notably as an integral part of BBC Athletics, covering every major event since the Athens Olympics in 2004. Recent highlights include the London Olympic Games in 2012, the Rio Games in 2016 and the 2017 World Championships.

Mirroring his on-screen presentation and commentary, Colin is a vibrant and charismatic conference/awards host, and a high-level motivational speaker. With an incredible competitive career behind him, Colin has been extremely well received by numerous audiences. He has consistently starred in both factual entertainment shows and reality challenges, notably being runner-up in Strictly Come Dancing, where he became the first male dancer to score a perfect 40.

Records / Achievements

  • 1988 – Olympic Silver Medallist at Seoul Olympic Games in 110m Hurdles
  • 1993 & 1999 – Gold Medallist at World Championships in 110m Hurdles
  • 2005 – Finalist on Strictly Come Dancing, ITV1’s Dancing on Ice Goes Gold
  • 2013 – Founded ‘Go Dad Run’ campaign in aid of Prostate Cancer, hosted at venues nationwide which continues yearly
  • 2014 – Race Director for ‘Red Bull: Wings for Life’ events worldwide each year
  • 2017 - London 2017 Ambassador

Other noteable achievements

  • Set 7 European, 8 Commonwealth, 9 UK records for 110m Hurdles
  • 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

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. From domestic teenage prodigy to becoming the oldest ever European Champion at 40 years and 325 days, to finally being awarded her upgraded 2007 World bronze in 2017, it has not been an easy story for the mother of two. Multiple injuries, juggling family life and training, Jo has overcome all to prove all of her doubters wrong.


Still competing, she serves as an inspiration to mums everywhere as she embarks on her next goal, Tokyo 2020. Whilst a keen advocate for getting the whole family involved in healthy living, Jo is able to captivate audiences with her wisdom cultivated over years of hard competition. With such an inspirational and engaging story, Jo has received acclaim from a wide range of corporate audiences.


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
  • 2014 – 3rd in BBC Sports Personality of the Year, behind Lewis Hamilton & Rory McIlroy
  • 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

Unbelievably, still the world record holder in the Triple Jump, since setting it in 1995. BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1995, Jonathan went on to win every title possible in his field, culminating with an Olympic Gold medal at Sydney in 2000, cementing his legacy as 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 at important media events. He has also been commissioned for the last four years by the International Olympic Committee to front their live major launches and announcements. Jonathan signed a significant deal with Discovery Eurosport in 2016 to be lead presenter fronting flagship sports programming including both the Summer and Winter Olympics as well as the 2017 World Championships in London and the Tour de France. Jonathan is an accomplished, eloquent speaker and particularly relishes facilitator and hosting roles.

Records / Achievements

  • Current World Record Holder for Triple Jump
  • 1995 – BBC Sports Personality of the Year
  • 1995 – Broke the World Record at the World Championships in Gothenburg with a jump of 18.29m
  • 2000 – Olympic Gold Medallist at Sydney Olympic Games in Triple Jump
  • 2004 – Commentator for BBC at Athens Olympic Games. Covered all major athletics events since, branching out into other sports
  • 2012 – Joined Channel 4 to present the morning show at London 2012 Paralympic Games
  • 2014 – Went to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics to present live from an array of events
  • 2016 – Signed an exclusive deal with Discovery Eurosport to be lead presenter fronting flagship sports programming including the Olympics

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

Five years after retiring from her competitive career, Kelly Sotherton remains arguably one of the most influential and outspoken female voices in British Sport.

In 2017 she was finally upgraded to Olympic Bronze medallist for the Heptathlon & 4 x 400m Relay in the 2008 games to add to her original Bronze medal in 2004.  She also achieved Gold in the Melbourne Commonwealth games, all this makes her one of the most decorated female athletes in track and field history with two Bronze World Championship medals.

Kelly has since thrown herself into a wide range of roles within Sport, spanning coaching, administration and media. She has spearheaded the inception of the Athletes Associate along with being an athlete representative on the British Athletics Anti-Doping Committee and is coaching some of our brightest future Olympic hopefuls including Jasmin Sawyers. Kelly is now a columnist for the i Newspaper and an Ambassador for the 2022 Birmingham Games. She regularly features on BBC Radio 5 Live, daytime TV and is first call for News channels in regards to comment and insight about a wide range of sporting matters including her beloved Arsenal.

Records / Achievements

  • 2004 - Olympic Bronze Medallist in Heptathlon in Athens Olympic Games
  • 2005 & 2007 - European Indoor Silver Medallist in Pentathlon at European Indoor Championships
  • 2006 - Gold Medallist in Heptathlon in Melbourne at Commonwealth Games
  • 2007 - Bronze Medallist in Heptathlon in World Championships in Osaka
  • 2008 - Olympic Bronze Medallist in Heptathlon & 4 X 400m Relay in Beijing at Olympic Games
  • 2008 - Bronze Medallist in Pentathlon at World Indoor Championships

Other Notable Achievements

  • Regular Contributor for i Newspaper
  • Ambassador for Birmingham 2022 Games

Personal Data

Birth Date: 13/11/1976

Born: Isle of Wight, UK

Lives: Birmingham, UK

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 backstory, demonstrating resilience, determination, and talent to win an Olympic Gold medal in Beijing in 2008 despite the greatest personal challenges imaginable, whilst continuing her studies in accountancy. She enjoyed a tremendous 2016, being heralded as one of the stars of Channel 4’s award-winning production of the Rio Olympic Games.

Now experienced in addressing small and large audiences, feedback from all her corporate appearances has been truly outstanding, her charismatic and energetic delivery coupled with her warm personality mean audiences are touched and inspired by her story.

Records / Achievements

  • 2004, 2008 & 2012 - Paralympic Games 2012 Bronze Medal, 2008 Gold Medal, 2004 Silver Medal in 100m Breaststroke (SB6)
  • 2006 & 2010 - IPC World Championships –2006 2 x Gold Medal in 100m Breaststroke & 50m Relay, 2010 Bronze Medal
  • 2009 - IPC World Championships (25m) Gold Medal in Breaststroke, 2 x Bronze Medal in 100m & 200m Individual Medley
  • 2009 - IPC European Championships (100m) Silver Medal Breaststroke
  • 2011 - IPC European Championships (100m) Gold Medal Breaststroke
  • 2016 - Appeared on Celebrity MasterChef

Other notable achievements

  • Bestowed the honour of reading the athlete’s oath at the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony
  • Ambassador for EDF, an Olympic & Paralympic lead partner

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

Arguably the most recognised male swimmer of his generation. Representing his country for 23 years, Mark became Britain’s most decorated male swimmer after winning a record 47 major international medals. Mark’s post-swimming career has seen him reinvent himself as a renowned broadcaster and successful motivational speaker.

Mark has enjoyed a high-profile TV career as a fixture on BBC’s coverage of the Olympics, the FINA World Championships and swimming meets in general. He enjoyed a memorable stint on Strictly Come Dancing, and is a regular participant on various other shows. 2016 has seen him launch his own range of swimwear, with respected brand Zone3. He invests a huge amount of time leading and inspiring the next generation of young swimmers, running his own successful grassroots clinics.

Records / Achievements

  • 5 x Olympian, 6 x World Champion, 11 x European Champion, 2 x Commonwealth Champion
  • 2008 – Flag bearer for Team GB at Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony
  • 2008 – Competed on Strictly Come Dancing and returned for the arena tour in 2012
  • 2013 – Established ‘Mark Foster Swimming Academy’ to inspire young swimmers from the ages of 11-17
  • 2014 – Formed Fitsteps, a dance and fitness programme aimed at creating a fun, energetic and effective way to keep fit by fusing ballroom and Latin dancing
  • 2016 - Launched his own signature swimwear range with Zone3

Other noteable achievements

  • Broken 8 World Records
  • Award winning partnership with Clare Balding from the aquatics centre during the 2012 London Olympics made Mark a household name, returned for Rio 2016
  • Long standing relationship with Ted Baker, including his own signature range
  • Blogged for the Huffington Post on current issues, sport and lifestyle
  • Regular participant on Countdown, A Question of Sport, Come Dine with Me, Celebrity MasterChef as well as a host of other charity shows and campaigns

Personal Data

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

Ned Boulting

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

Ned has been an integral part of ITV’s Tour de France coverage since 2003, forging a position within the cycling world as a respected reporter, presenter and writer. Along the way Ned’s portfolio of work has expanded, annual credit includes coverage of the Tour of Britain and Vuelta a Espana. Ned is an eloquent speaker, confident host and facilitator.

In 2017 Ned toured for the second year in a row his hugely popular Bikeology show, a one man live theatrical show about bike stuff. It was staged around the UK as a near sell-out and will return for more dates at the end of this year. Ned has a very busy 2018, commentating on the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana as well as developing new material and a new concept for Tour de Ned – be on the lookout for tickets!

Records / Achievements

  • Winner of the Royal Television Society Sports News Reporter of the Year
  • Acknowledged as the authoritative voice and face of cycling on UK terrestrial television
  • Covered ITV’s Tour de France coverage since 2003, expanded to Tour of Britain and Vuelta a Espana
  • Started presenting career with Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, alongside Jeff Stelling in 1997
  • Joined ITV in 2001, covering football events including the Champions League, Europa League, and FA Cup

Other noteable achievements

  • Produced and directed a number of programmes - 'Dutch Master - A Tribute Dennis Bergkamp' (1998) and Award winning 'Steven Gerrard - A Year in My Life' (2006)

Accomplished author with numerous published works:

  • ‘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)



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 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 the Burghley Horse Trials. 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 and currently works as horse racing presenter for ITV Sport who won the BAFTA for their coverage of horse racing in 2017.

A devoted Yeovil Town fan Oli also presents football for ITV and has covered darts and boxing for the network.

Oli hosts corporate events and has spoken at various high-profile functions. He played on the professional poker circuit for a year and has played both cricket and football to a high standard in South Africa and Australia. 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”.


Records / Achievements

  • 2017 Appointed as a Key Presenter for ITV Racing
  • Host of The Opening Show - the Racing Magazine Show
  • 2019 – Produced ‘Riding a Dream’ – 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

  • 1992 – 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
  • Sally was chosen to be an Olympic panellist for Sky Sports News broadcast coverage during London 2012, where she offered expert analysis on all things Track & Field

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, also appearing frequently on BBC Five Live, and for BT Sport as lead commentator for the European Football Show on Sunday nights.

Simon has 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 received deserved acclaim. In 2017, Simon commentated on the Tour de France as well as Ride London-Surrey Classic for Radio Five Live.

Records / Achievements

  • 6 Olympic Games
  • 3 Commonwealth Games
  • 19 Tour de France’s
  • 6 Baseball World Series
  • 4 World Cup’s
  • 5 European Championships
  • 2 Champions League Finals
  • 2 African Cup of Nations
  • Boxing World Title Fights in Las Vegas
  • Multiple Grand Prix Athletics & Formula One Races
  • 2013 – Became BBC’s voice of cycling, and now covers all of TV cycling events for the BBC which started with the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014
  • 2016 – Became lead commentator for the Olympic cycling at the BBC, headed up Channel 4’s commentary of the Paralympic Cycling

Personal Data

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

Steve Backley OBE

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

In an unparalleled career for a British field athlete, Steve is the only British track and field competitor to win medals at 3 different Olympic Games. His career saw him win multiple Olympic, and World medals, as well as breaking records. He took the mantle from Paul Dickinson as BBC Sports lead field commentator, broadcasting to millions during the Rio Olympics, the 2017 World Championships in London and other major events.

His laid-back nature and ability to communicate with all ages make Steve both a fantastic ambassador for the sport and an excellent role model. Steve has established himself as one of the most respected and sought-after speakers within the corporate market. With a background in Sports Psychology, and rich experience in competition at the very highest level, Steve has a wealth of knowledge to impart and a long and successful career to back up his statements.

Records / Achievements

  • 1996 & 2000 – Olympic Games Silver Medallist
  • 1994, 1998 & 2002 – 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

Personal Data

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