Duncan Goodhew MBE

Duncan Goodhew MBE is one of Britain’s most respected and instantly recognisable athletes.

At the age of ten Duncan lost all his hair as a result of falling from a tree. Being bald and also dyslexic, the young Duncan considered himself a “stupid oddity”. Demonstrating an aptitude for swimming, he soon realised that sport could rebuild his self-esteem. By the age of 15 he was intent on becoming the best swimmer in the world – an ambition that took him to the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games where he won an Olympic gold medal.

After retiring from competitive swimming, he was selected by the British Bobsleigh Association to represent Great Britain at the 1981 European Championships in the 2 and 4 Man Bobsleigh.

Currently, Duncan has extensive and diverse business interests and also fronts many media and promotional campaigns. His award winning company, Limelight Sports is a market leader which is behind the creative delivery of many of the UK’s largest and most successful mass participation events and programmes – this year winning the coveted Sports Agency of the Year. Duncan is also a Director of Premier Sport www.premiersport.org the UK’s largest private sports coaching company which is delivering high quality sport and PE to over 200,000 children a week in over 2000 schools.

It is Duncan’s ability to communicate and motivate which has placed him in high demand as a conference speaker for leading companies such as; American Express, BT, Coutts Bank, O2, IBM, Microsoft, Ford Motors, PWC, KP, United Artists, Barclays Bank, Prudential and British Gas. Duncan’s positive thinking programme, which incorporates his account of how he scaled his “personal Everest”, has encouraged dedication and persever¬ance amongst the company executives and workforces to whom he has spoken.

As well as his commercial activities, Duncan supports various charities. He is President of Swimathon www.swimathon.org whose swimmers have raised in excess of £34 million for charity, Vice President Youth Sport Trust which he co-founded 1994 www.youthsporttrust.org and is founding Chairman of the Millfield Foundation.