Dean Macey, the “Dean Machine”, is undoubtedly one of the biggest personalities in British sport. He was a member of the Channel 4 athletics team and was in Istanbul for the World Indoor Championships 2012. Dean was also chosen to be a mentor in CBBC’s Ultimate Sports Day; a landmark 11 part series that sees the nations most talented sporting kids battle to win their place, and then compete in a unique set of games, testing their core skill sets to become USD Champions. Dean’s popularity and appeal, to brands and broadcasters alike, continues past his retirement from the sport in 2008. He is currently an ambassador for fishing products Korda as well as for Rat Race Events.
It was 1994 when Dean first competed in a decathlon and immediately broke the English Schools Record. His meteoric rise saw him reach 3rd in the world during the 1999 season, having recorded the second best ever score for a UK athlete; a score which only Double Olympic Champion Daley Thompson has bettered. Later that year Dean stamped his authority on the world scene at the World Championships in Seville obtaining a silver medal. This achievement was accomplished at just 21 and saw him named The BBC’s Young Sports Personality of the Year as well as Young Sportsmen of the Year.
It was at successive Olympics though that Dean firmly established himself in the hearts of the nation – achieving, against all odds and overcoming injuries, 4th place at Sydney in 2000 and then Athens 4 years later. After time out again in 2005 for injury, 2006 saw Dean return to action in quite spectacular style with a Gold medal win at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
Arguably the pinnacle of his career, Dean’s body eventually gave in to the extreme rigours of the Decathlon and forced him into retirement in the summer of 2008 having failed to qualify for his 3rd Olympics.
As an athlete Dean was consistently a favourite of the media working with the Mirror Sport and later the Evening Standard and in 2002 Dean took centre-stage on BBC TV as a member of the BBC Sport team covering the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, smiling in the face of adversity when injury prevented him from competing and he has continued to grace our screens since.
Away from athletics Dean has a passion for Angling and this has led to various television presenting roles and commercial partnerships in the sector. Dean has recently become a guest presenter on Sky Sport’s Tight Lines, stepping in when the regular presenter takes a break. Other television roles include The Bobsleigh Challenge for BBC1, which led to Dean doing co-commentary for Eurosport’s Bobsleigh coverage, Celebrity Masterchef 2010 on BBC1 and Celebrity Mastermind as well as being Celebrity Total Wipeout Champion in 2011. Dean also joined the commentary boxes of both Radio 5 Live and Al Jazeera for The XIX Commonwealth Games in Delhi and The 16th Asian Games from Guangzhou in China respectively. Dean was back in the Al Jazeera studio during the London 2012 Olympic Games as resident pundit for the athletics.