Jonathon Edwards CBE
Jonathan Edwards’ extraordinary achievements on the track have earned him a place in history as one of the World’s greatest and most loved athletes. After a career that spanned some 15 years, Jonathan made his last competitive triple jump at the World Athletics Championships in Parisin 2003, signifying the end of an era for British Athletics. Jonathan first made the record books in 1995 when he set a devastating World Record at the World Championships in Gothenburg with an amazing jump of 18.29m, to date no one has even come close to this distance.
In a glittering career that has spanned some 15 years there are few titles that Jonathan did not win. However it was not until Sydney 2000 that Jonathan achieved his ultimate goal of winning Gold at the Olympics. He jumped 17.77 at the glittering event inSydney and captured the heart of the nation to return home to a hero’s welcome.
Awarded the MBE in 1996 and the CBE in 2001 in recognition of his achievements, Jonathan Edwards remains passionate about his sport but is eager to explore broadcasting. He utilised his interest and degree in science to present his own Radio 4 science series Jonathan Edwards Looks In To…. which ran for 3 series.
The BBC first saw his potential off the track and Jonathan has naturally become one of the key pundits and commentators for BBC Sport covering all the major events including the Olympics in Athens 2004. At the same time he became one of the main faces presenting Songs of Praise, which he decided to retire from due to his loss of faith.
Having successfully taken to the screen Jonathan was commissioned to be the front man for some of BBC 1’s landmark documentaries such as St Paul and Gods and Goddesses which were met with great acclaim. He also took the opportunity to improve his on-camera skills and became BBC Look North’s regional sports presenter, keeping his local fans happy. Jonathan hosted a new prime time series of lifestyle programmes called Spirituality Shopper for Channel 5.
Jonathan Edwards currently sits on the board of LOCOG as their athlete representative. He is Chair of the Sports Advisory Group, having played an important part in the success of the London 2012 bid as an Official Ambassador, and a member of the Athletes Advisory Group. He also is a Lloyds TSB London 2012 Ambassador working closely with the bank up to and beyond the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Jonathan has been required to take to the stage at countless high profile media gatherings. He is an accomplished, controlled and comfortable speaker. He was our secret ticket during the final push inSingaporeas he was rehearsed and ready to replace any of the speakers in the event of a problem – including Lord Coe himself.